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The EU-US Dispute over Regulation of Genetically Modified Organisms, Plants, Feeds, and Foods Case Study includes a situation summary and seven appendices. THERE ARE A LOT OF READING MATERIALS. We do not expect instructors and students to read through all our resources. Instead, we expect instructors to assign the most appropriate appendices to their students according to their classroom goals. The remaining materials can be used as optional reading assignments for students who want to explore the subject matter in more depth or from a different angle.

Although the case study may be incorporated into your existing syllabi, IDEESE also offers teaching modules that help to focus the case on various dimensions of international ethics. We especially recommend using this case to teach about Ethical Conflicts Between Nations.

We also welcome feedback on our case materials. Please contact the Program Manager at mgoncalves @ pubpol . umass . edu with your comments or suggestions.



adobeCase-Situation Summary [48 KB, pdf]: The situation summary is a 10 page document detailing the European Union and United States disputes about how to regulate genetically modified organisms, plants, food and feeds. It focuses specifically on how different countries view the same issues from different perspectives and how that impacts policy and regulation.

adobeCase Contents [16 pdf]: This file outlines the contents for the entire case study. It should serve as a cover page if all materials are printed out and act as a guide for instructors in choosing which appendices to assign.



The GMO Regulation case includes 7 appendices. Instructors should select and assign appendices appropriate to the module or learning objectives for the class session.

adobeAppendix A: Chronology [51 KB, pdf]: The chronology is a 4 page document outlining important global events associated with the regulation of genetically modified organisms, plants, fees and foods. Dates outlined range from 1986 to 2008.

adobeAppendix B: Background on European Union Regulatory Processs and Regulations [88 KB, pdf]: Appendix B is an article by Prof. MJ Peterson that addresses the regulatory history of the European Union as well as the process by which policies are made.

adobeAppendix C: Background on US Regulatory Process and Regulations [85 KB, pdf]: Appendix C is an article by MJ Peterson that addresses the regulatory history of the United States as well as the process by which policies are made.

adobeAppendix D: Exercise: Summarizing levels of ethical concern and scientific uncertainty [36 KB, pdf]: Appendix D is an exercise, to be used in class or as homework, that helps students identify the levels of knowledge uncertainity and level of ethical concern for various corporations and non profit organizations.

adobeAppendix E: Ethical Evaluation of Using Genetically Modified Organisms and Plants [100 KB, pdf]: Appendix E is a resource that outlines many of the major ethical considerations and points of conflict in the genetically modified organisms and plants debate. It was written by Prof. MJ Peterson with assistance from Prof. Ronald Sandler.

adobeAppendix F: Optional Additional Readings [49 KG, pdf]: Appendix F contains suggested student and instructor resources to explore in order to more fully understand the EU-US dispute. To distribute these readings to your class, copyright permissions must be granted from the authors/publishers..

adobeAppendix G: Internet Resources [43 KG, pdf]: Appendix G contains links to websites relevant for information about EU and US regulations, key stakeholders or opinions in the regulation debates, and general information about genetically modified organisms.


Instructors: Use these sample presentation slides during your class: (COMING SOON)

slidesOpen OfficePresentation Slides [PowerPoint] [Impress]: These slides are designed for instructor use in the classroom. They provide a general overview of the case and encourage students to discuss those international dimensions of ethics identified through their readings. The slides ONLY address the case study and should be modified to incorporate the IDEESE module with which you pair the case.




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Funding for the International Dimensions of Ethics Education in Science and Engineering Project comes from the National Science Foundation through grant number 0734887. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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