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Food Aid and Population Control

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Description This is a case study about ethical issues related to food aid to poor countries being linked with birth control.
Type of Resource Assignment/Activity (Non-Laboratory/Non-Hands on Activity)
Format Portable Document Format - PDF
Technical Note Adobe Acrobat or other PDF viewing program required.
Rebecca Kern, Edmond-Woodway High School
Development Date July 16, 2008
Grade/Age Levels High School lower division (Grades 9-10)
High School upper division (Grades 11-12)
National Science
Educational Standards
Behavior of organisms (9-12), Natural and human-induced hazards (9-12), Natural resources (9-12), Personal and community health (9-12), Population growth (9-12), Science and technology in local, national, and global challenges (9-12), Science as a human endeavor (K-12), Systems, order, and organization (K-12)
Learning Time <=1 hour
Language English
Type of Review Reviewed by Partner Organization
Review Date February 22, 2013
Funding Source NIH-SEPA Program
Suggested Use

Food Aid and Population Control is a case study activity that looks at the ethical issues of the requirement that food aid to poor and developing countries be linked with birth control measures.  It uses an Indian case study and real US policy measures that have been used by governmental agencies to investigate the topic.  It provides two questions for student discussion, lists the pros and cons of these strategies, and gives additional background resources in the bibliography.

This resource helps make biological/ecological concepts such as carrying capacity directly applicable to human policy and more relevant to students’ lives.  I believe it would be an engaging online discussion topic that would likely grab the student’s interest.  It has been my personal experience that biological concepts that can be connected to student’s ethical beliefs have generated the most thorough and active discussions.  This activity fits that bill.     

Jennifer Trusty, Georgia Perimeter College


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