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Genes and Chemicals in Agriculture: Value and Risk

Summer 2011, Fall 2011 OSU eCampus

BI435 collageMore than 50 genetically engineered crop varieties have been approved for commercial use in the United States. Many have significant benefits (e.g. reduced pesticide application and reduced soil tillage). However, some consumers are concerned that GE crops may not be safe.

Chemicals, synthetic and natural, have been used to control pests and fertilize crops for thousands of years. These chemicals have impacted the management of human disease vectors like mosquitoes, and the prevention of famine by increasing agricultural production, but have also created many new dangers.

The goal of this class is to examine the diverse issues that surround genetic engineering and use of agrochemicals, and the benefits and risks they hold for society.

 


OSU Workshops

OrB provides an outlet for outreach components of biotechnology-oriented grant proposals awarded to OSU faculty.  For example, the Scientists and Teachers in Education Partnerships (STEPS) Program organizes biotechnology workshops for high school teachers funded by OSU's College of Agrigulture Education Program, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and outreach components of multiple National Science Foundation (NSF) grants.

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