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FDA offers free online curriculum on food agriculture and biotechnology


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is offering teachers a new free, online supplemental curriculum for middle and high school students on the science behind genetically engineered plants. The curriculum, “Science and Our Food Supply: Exploring Food Agriculture and Biotechnology,” can be taught in-person or by using the various virtual-learning platforms teachers use with students. The in-depth activities and labs are linked to current education standards and introduce science-based agricultural concepts of crop characteristics, planning and selection. “Understanding the science of biotechnology will be increasingly important for students as they learn to make informed choices about foods,” said Susan Mayne, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. “We hope that this curriculum educates and also sparks students’ curiosity into the ever-growing and exciting field of STEM and food agriculture.” The curriculum covers many of the same topics as the FDA’s consumer education initiative, “Feed Your Mind,” that was launched in March 2020 and developed in collaboration with USDA and EPA.

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