The Adoption of Genetically Modified Crops

SP180 Principles of Public Speaking
Directions: Be sure to make an electronic copy of your answer before submitting it to College for grading. Unless otherwise stated, answer in complete sentences, and be sure to use correct English spelling and grammar. Sources must be cited in APA format.

Project: Written speech
1. Develop your speech based on the preparation outline you submitted.
2. Write your speech using tips, techniques, and guidelines studied in the lesson.
3. Create a reference list that includes any and all sources you use to locate information.
4. Limit your speech to no more than four pages, double-spaced.
5. Submit your speech with a title page, your name, date submitted, and instructor’s name.



Peggy Harrell
SP180: Principles of Public Speaking
Assignment 6_06
August 4, 2014

Title: The Adoption of Genetically Modified Crops
A. To educate my audience
B. To inform my audience on the current state of genetically modified crops
C. To inform of the various supporting arguments and ethical issues surrounding the adoption of genetically modified crops.
I. Introduction
a. The objective of the application of genetic modification in crops is to introduce new beneficial characteristics to crop species that do not naturally occur in that specie.
b. Genetically modified crops engineering is conducted in the laboratory through a process of gene alteration where there is the addition of foreign desirable genes to a crop species’ genome: process of biolistic or agrobacterium tumefaciens method (Angelica, 2013).
c. Despite the fact that the technology provides for a valid way at solving food shortages and hunger in many regions, ethical and social concerns have seen it remain unadopted and unaccepted by many states.
II. Body of the Presentation

a. i. Through crops genetic modification, there can be assured of food sustainability for all populations of the world.
ii. This is especially crucial with the current rise in cases of climatic un-sustainability that does not support food production and livelihood within many societies.
b. i. Ethical and social issues surrounding genetically modified crops have derailed its global adoption.
ii. These are such as the use of genes from a bacterium or virus in the process of genetic modification in crops posses the risk of the development of a new disease strain, the contamination of the environment with the genetic species and other side effects, the colonization of other species, and the destabilizing the food chain amongst others (Kennedy, 2008).
c. i. To establish safety in adoption of genetically modified crops, scientists have conducted various researches and publications in promoting the safety of the technology.
ii. Also, scientific screening and analysis is done to the parent or donor genes and species ensuring that they contain no harmful disease pathogens or allergic components (Phillips, 2008).
III. Conclusion
While some view genetically modified crops as an effective solution to the hunger and poverty challenges facing many societies of the world, others express caution over is ethical and social risk concerns. The technology allows for the introduction of desirable characteristics to targeted plant species thus increasing their competitive advantage and productivity. Ethical concerns raised are such as the contaminations of other species, allergies, diseases, and the risks associated to the food chain amongst others. Various states should take individual responsibility in ensuring that their society is well in knowledge and common view of its adoption (Starr, Evers, and Starr, 2013).

Angelica, B. (2013). Biolistic DNA Delivery. Methods in Molecular Biology, 940(1), 415.
Kennedy, I. (2008). Genetically modified crops: the ethical and social issues. Nuffield Council on Bioethics.
Starr, C., Evers, C., and Starr, L. (2013). Biology Today and Tomorrow without Physiology (4th Ed.). Cengage Learning.
Phillips, T. (2008). Genetically modified organisms (GMOs): Transgenic crops and recombinant DNA technology. Nature Education 1(1), 213.


Grader = Candace Murray
Speech 180 Preparation Outline
Assignment 06
Grading Rubric – See comments/direction at the end of the Rubric

10 Points

10 Points

Follows outline template perfectly 8 points

Missing one major component of outline and subcomponents 5 points

Missing two major components of outline and subcomponents 2 points

Missing three major components of outline and subcomponents 8
General purpose, specific purpose, central idea stated –
15 Points

15 Points

Stated the general purpose, specific purpose, and central idea clearly and in the appropriate form 10 Points

Stated the general purpose, specific purpose, and central idea but not in the appropriate form 5 Points

Stated either the general purpose, specific purpose, and/or central idea incorrectly 0 Points

Missing these three statements 15
Summary of key points of introduction –
10 points

10 points

Includes central idea and summary of key points 8 points

Missing central idea but includes
summary of key points 5 points

Unclear statements of
central idea and key points
Do not match the Key Points in the Body 0 Points

Missing central idea and summary of key points 5
Main points and supporting points stated –
27 Points

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