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With this assignment you will have a choice of topic area to write about. It must be about flowers in some way. You must think, gather information, decide on a point of view, and discuss to support your perspective. Some of the lectures in recent weeks focused on some of these topic areas. You may have noted that some of the speakers are not presenting an unbiased, fully-balanced argument. Some were promoting something, perhaps it was not clear to you what.
What matters in this assignment is that (1) it be some significant issue, (2) that it be controversial in some way, that (3) you understand the controversy, and that (4) your essay not be simply echoing some party-line, religion or mantra. You must make a coherent, logical case for your position. And (5) it must involved flowers in some way.
And to make it VERY clear: You must take a side! You cannot just write an analysis of both sides of a topic. Indeed you SHOULD present both sides of the topic, but you cannot do just that.
Your first step is to choose one of the topic areas below; if, in the end, your essay fits several topic areas, then you must pick one, so that it will be evaluated with respect to that topic area.
Topic Area: "Flowers as medicine." Do flowers have the power to heal? You learned about cannabis; you could write about that. But note a lot of misinformation might make this a difficult topic – do not echo nonsense from the past. There are other flowers used medicinally (eg herbalists, traditional Chinese medicine,…). Note that there are other ways that flowers can improve human health; would that be "medicine"?
Topic Area: "GMO flowers." Some persons fear/hate/dislike GMOs regardless of whether in food or not. There is now a national requirement that anything sold which has any GMO content must be labeled as such. Do you know what GMO ("Genetically Modified Organism") means (find the definition)? Does it make sense to have this restriction? Should this apply to floral products?
Topic Area: "Buy Local/Regional". Some would have you buy no flowers which were imported. Others feel strongly about buying only "locally grown". With regard to "locally grown" what is "local"?
Topic Area: "Buy Organic". Some would have you buy only “organically certified” flowers. Perhaps you already feel this way yourself. Perhaps not. Would you pay more for organic certified flowers?
Topic Area: "Sustainably grown". There are today numerous certifying agencies which check that a particular grower is using methods that are sustainable from the perspective of society. The certification is used as part of marketing. Does this add value to the product? Would/Should you pay more for product that has one of these certifications?
Your submission must be electronic; paper versions are not accepted. Format your submission as follows. Your work must be single-spaced, 10-point Arial or Helvetica font. After you have created it with a word processors, you must create a pdf file and this pdf file must contain everything you wish to have evaluated (you can only submit one file). Verify that the formatting is to your liking. Verify that the pdf file is no larger than 1 megabyte.
First Line: Chosen Topic Area: identify the topic area (from above) using the subheadings above. You are not allowed to create a new topic area.
Second Line: Your name and SID number followed by the date. Underline your family name.
Third Line: Abstract sentence (one sentence which identifies the point of the essay)
Then: The essay itself: You must submit text for one (and only one) of the topic areas. Images must be embedded in the text. Images should be small (not full page) and do not count as part of the length requirement. You must reference any (every) image in your text, otherwise it will be ignored or deemed disconnected or irrelevant. Write coherent English: 1000 - 1200 words. It will be graded for quality in both the content as well as English composition. It must be your own words. Illogical or rambling nonsense will get no points. A well-made argument can gain full points even if the graders disagree with your position. Sumbitting text which is not on topic will gain 0 points even if all other formatting is done as required.
With this assignment you will have a choice of topic area to write about. It must be about flowers in some way. You must think, gather information, decide on a point of view, and discuss to support your perspective. Some of the lectures in recent weeks focused on some of these topic areas. You may have noted that some of the speakers are not presenting an unbiased, fully-balanced argument.