Lesson Four

What is biotechnology?


Food biotechnology uses what is known about plant science and genetics to improve the food we eat and how it is produced.

Length: 1 hour

Students will be able to:

  • Define biotechnology.
  • Identify how biotechnology can help the environment.
  • Identify how biotechnology can improve our food supply

Next Generation Science Standards Addressed

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

  1. LS3.A Inheritance of Traits

Asking Questions

Cross-Cutting Concepts:
Patterns: Observed patterns of forms and events guide organization and classification, and they prompt questions about relationships and the factors that influence them.

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