Using student-active learning to investigate the costs and benefits of crop biotechnology
for humans and the environment
Human induced alterations to ecosystems, beginning at the genetic level; persistence of escaped
transgenes; chemical pesticide usage; and gene transfer and resistance
minute paper, oral presentation, essay, concept map
Dara Zycherman1* and Jason Taylor2
1 - U.S. Green Building Council, 1015 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036, 202-828-7422 x156,
This submission was created as part of an ecological educational internship at the Ecological Society of America by Dara Zycherman.
We thank Percy Schmeiser, a farmer who has been negatively impacted by crop biotechnology, for initial inspiration to pursue this topic.
In addition, partial funding came from a subcontract to ESA and Jason Taylor from National Science Foundation, NSF-DUE-0127388.
This submission has benefited from comments by TIEE Editors and an anonymous reviewer.
Zycherman, D., and J. Taylor. August 2004, posting date. What Are the Ecological Impacts of Plant Biotechnology? Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology, Vol. 2: Issues Figure Set #1 [online]. http://tiee.ecoed.net/vol/v2/issues/figure_sets/biotech/abstract.html
Photo: green vs. red peppers
(© BW Grant)