Saturday, September 27, 2014

PF Topic Choices - November 2014

So...If Google sent you here and you looking for information on the November 2014, PF Debate topic, click here.

A while back, the NFL released the following topic choices for November 2014:

November 2014 PF Ballot - Topic Area: Agriculture

Resolved: On balance, the benefits of genetically modified foods outweigh the harms.

Resolved: In the United States, a comprehensive federal water policy that restricts residential use is preferable to one which restricts agricultural use when the two are in conflict.

Initially I was reluctant to make any commentary about the choices.  Usually, the final selection is contrary to my preference and I don't feel this blog has much influence on the community which votes for topics.

I will tell you, if you have not done any research on genetically modified foods, the topic is enormously controversial and extremely interesting from an educational point of view.  I also like the idea the first choice is not limited to the United States, since clearly the issue of genetically modified foods has huge impacts on areas of the world with agriculture deficiencies.

As for the second topic, I hate any wording which reads like a paragraph.  However, I do think that while the topic appears to have a Con bias, it would be a mistake to assume that residential use of water means sprinkling one's lawn. There are many residential uses of water that are open game in this resolution. Nevertheless, it is U.S. specific and one may presume does not impact all regions equally. More significantly, in my opinion, the topic may be messy because water usage provisions fall under a number of different jurisdictions, not just the U.S. Federal Government as specified in the resolution.

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