Annotated Bib Peer Review Michael Hanson

Michael's Question:

Am I doing the citations in correct MLA format? I've bee kind of struggling to know if I'm doing everything by the book.

"Working together to ensure the sustained availability of non-GMO food and products." NONGMO Project. 2014. 7 February 2014. GMO Facts/

This site uses the argument that many other countries either ban GMO's or that they force companies to label GMO in there foods. The website goes on to state that the only reason why the U.S. doesn't label its GMO's is because research done by the companies that don't want the GMO labeling to be required showed that GMO's don't pose any health risks. It also mentions the environmental tole that GMO's take on the world. It states that herbicides can count as GMO's and although the herbicides most likely won't affect the quality or the health of the food, it affects a lot more animals and wildlife around it.

This site appears to have been last updated in 2014 so it is very current. It also has a lot of information that pertains to the subject of my paper on GMO's, however, as stated in their subtitle, they are biased in the fact that they want more non-GMO foods. This information seems to exist to dissuade people from buying GMO foods and to rise up against the rising popularity of the GMO foods.

I don't think that I will be using this source in my paper. One reason is that I couldn't find an individual author to check into to see if they actually had any merit with this subject. Another reason is that it feels like this site has a personal agenda to talk against GMO's instead of actually wanting to inform the public of what they are.

Smith, Jeffrey. "Health Risks." Institute for Responsible Technology 7 Feb 2014. 2010

This website talks about the different studies that have been done with GMO's and reports the findings and dangers of ingesting GMO foods. It shows many facts that supports its claim that GMO's should be labeled on foods. The article talks about why and how GMO's are used. It states that some reasons for GMO's is so that plants can create their own pesticides to protect from invasive insects. The GMO's can also help protect the plants from more herbicides so farmers can spray more for weeds and prevent foreign plants from ruining their crops. The article goes on to say, however, that these increased herbicides and self-made pesticides could have a negative effect on the people consuming the food.

This site refers to work done in 2010, but the issues that were faced back then are very similar to the issues that we are facing today. The information that they had in 2010 is still used today as well. It is full of information about GMO's and speaks to the people against the use of GMO's. The publisher of this material advertises itself as "The most comprehensive source of GMO health risk information on the web." This hints that they may be biased towards being against GMO's, however, they do use a lot of facts and research to support their claims.

I may use this information simply because it provides a certain standpoint on the issue of GMO's and also provides good information on the topic. It would be easy to dismiss this source because it clearly has a personal opinion on the issue, but it does have a lot of facts that I may be able to use in my paper.

  • Are the summaries detailed enough that you understand what the source is all about? Are there details that the writer included that are unnecessary to the summary? What questions are you left with after reading the summaries?

Adam Lorentz- The summaries that you provide give a good understanding of what the source is about. You provide multiple points for each summary.
Emilie Brouse- I thought your summaries had a lot of nice detail that really helped me better understand the sources.

  • Did the reviewer evaluate the sources using the CRAAP test? Do you see criteria based judgements about each letter (currency, relevance,authority, accuracy, purpose)? What is missing?

Adam Lorentz- Could expand more about the author of your second source
Emilie Brouse- I agree with Adam ^ otherwise, great job using the CRAAP test.

  • Are the reflection sections complete enough that you understand how the writer responded to the sources? Could they include more information?

Adam Lorentz- Your sections explain how you can use them and how you could include information from the sources.
Emilie Brouse- Nice complete reflections! Your response to each source was clear.

  • Based on these two entries, in what direction do you think the writer's research is going?

Adam Lorentz- I believe that your research is going in the right direction based on the information you provide in your summaries.
Emilie Brouse- I think your research is heading in a good direction, overall. Was a good list of sources with a lot of informative content.

  • What questions are you left with after reading these entries?

Adam Lorentz- The only question I have is should GMO's have to be put on labels.
Emilie Brouse- Nothing that comes to mind.

  • What are these annotations' weaknesses?

Adam Lorentz- I don't see any weaknesses other than you could go over the CRAAP test again.
Emilie Brouse- Just further analysis of each source using the standards provided from class.

  • What are these annotations' strengths?

Adam Lorentz- The strengths that I see is that you provide multiple main ideas in your summaries and give a couple different views on your topic.
Emilie Brouse- This was a strong, well-worded, thorough analysis of each source.

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