Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Rhetorical précis

In Jennifer Steinhauer and Stephanie Strom's article "Senate to vote on GMO food labeling bill" (March 2016), they demonstrate the two sides of the public and their believes in the effects of labeling or not labeling foods. The author 's first illustrate their idea by stating the controversy and the two sides; then they demonstrate the effects that labeling will cause such as price increases; and to conclude they propose the response to products being labeled "Gmo-free." Their purpose is to present the conflict of passing the labeling bill in order to know if it will actually better the nation. They seem to have a liberal audience in mind because they show both of the opinions surrounding the issue of labeling coming from Democrats and Republicans.

Work cited:
Steinhauer, Jennifer, and Stephanie Strom. Senate to Vote on GMO Food Labeling Bill. New York Times, 15 Mar. 2016. Web. 15 Mar. 2016. <http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/03/16/business/senate-to-vote-on-gmo-food-labeling-bill.html?referer=https://www.google.com/>.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Visual against genetically modified foods

Summary: This image by Dave Granlund depicts a couple who's shopping for foods and they notice that most foods are genetically modified. Granlund further describes the idea that if labeling were to occur, most foods in supermarkets are noted as genetically modified.

Analysis: Granlund represents irony in this visual because in today's society labeling is not a requirement to Genetically modified food. What he is trying to prove is that even though the labeling of genetically modified isn't occurring at the moment that if it were, an excessive amount of foods at the local markets would be labeled. He wants his audience to understand that indeed most of the foods they eat are genetically modified. When he makes the woman ironically say "Would be easier to label the few items that haven't been modified" he creates the sense that today only a bit of foods remain normal while the rest are modified. The controversy comes in mind that many people want genetically modified foods labeled in order to know what they are eating, but the problem is that most items in stores are already genetically modified and the consumers do not know. Yet, what difference does it make to label if it's evident that most food in today's society is genetically modified as  Granlund represents thoroughly his point against genetically modified foods.

Work Cited:
Granlund, Dave. "GMO Food Label Laws." Cagle Post RSS. Cagle Post RSS, 29 Aug. 2013. Web. 04 Mar. 2016. <http://www.cagle.com/2013/08/gmo-food-label-laws/>.