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MSU students to debate GMOs on April 16

April 15, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN – Teams of Montana State University students will debate genetically modified organisms during a free public event to run from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in Ballroom A of MSU’s Strand Union Building.

This will be a formal debate with judges. Teams will debate the proposition statement “Resolved: GMOs should be banned in the U.S. because of their negative environmental effects and development of resistance by insects.”

The topic of the debate and wording of the proposition statement were chosen by undergraduate students who took the course “The Issues of Insects and Human Societies” this semester from Florence Dunkel, associate professor in the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology. Round-up ready wheat and Bt corn will be two of the main crops to be discussed.

The evening will open with exhibits prepared by the affirmative and negative teams. Each team will also show a five-minute video reflecting its position. Introductions for the formal debate will begin at 7:30 p.m. After the debate and the judges’ remarks, generally about 8:15 p.m., the audience will have an opportunity to comment. A reception will follow.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or