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The article ,,Attack of the Really Quite Likable Tomatoes" deals with genetic modified (GM) plants and their effect on agriculture worldwide. It also gives information about several fears that people have concerning commercial GM crops. The author wants to defuse those fears, for that he uses several rhetorical and stylistic devices which will be analyzed in the following. First of all, already the title demonstrates the authors position to the topic. He/She uses the negative connoted word ,,Attack" to put it in a contrast to the more positive attribute „Likable". Here, he/she already plays down the fear people have of genetic modified plants like for instance, GM tomatoes. In the beginning of the first paragraph, the author gives information about for how long GM plants are actually getting planted commercially. In the following, the author uses an enumeration in l. 3: „descendants, relatives and remixes" in order to highlight how fast the GM plants spread across the world. To strengthen this argument once more, the author compares GM plants with ,,profitable, high-tech pondweed". In order to highlight the expanding of GM plants, the author says the total area of growing GM plants is already larger than Peru. This comparison illustrates the expanded size of GM farmland to the readers. As a further example, the author...

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writes that also China entered the GM plant business but for the time being only as a better nutrition for pigs. Furthermore, with the repetition ,more and more" (l. 12) the author highlights the amount of plants whose genomes already are sequenced, for example maize and soya. The next paragraph starts with the hyperbole: „Such stories of success will strike fear into some hearts". The author dramatizes how the stories of expanding GM agriculture can be a thread to some people. He/she states these fears as ,,understandable“ (I. 19) but refutes them with the argument that there is „lacking supporting evidence“ (II. 19f) and that soon government will be able to monitor and test way easier through better technologies, and so the GM plants can be easily checked on, in order to prevent any kind of problems. At the beginning of the third paragraph, the author mentions another worry that some people have, and that is that GM companies could take over farmer's livelihoods. The author mentions statistics in order to prove knowledge about the topic: he says that 90% of farmers who grow GM crops are quite poor, while GM companies gain much money for selling GM seeds. That he illustrates with another statistical information: ,,The GM market was worth $10.5 billion in 2009" (II. 32f). Also China, India and Brazil work on developing new GM crops likewise charities like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are helping to develop stronger variants of GM crops. In the following, the author indirectly quotes Bill Gates (11.45f) where he says that the fact from where the GM seeds are coming is a complete different question to who pays for them. The author compares that with drugs and vaccines (1.46), that it's possible to produce GM seeds with donor money in order to sell it to farmers until the products „deliver what farmers require" (1.49) and so ,,the need for such special measures should diminish". So, GM business should actually help farmers to gain a little more money so that they can invest more to build up a „predominantly urban population" (1.54) The author starts the last paragraph with another worry concerning GM technology. Now he/she uses a more serious tone and makes clear that this certain worry has to be takes seriously (1.55f). The author worries that GM technology crowd out other agriculture researches. GM technologies is a intellectual property, which can be protected from copying and so, as the author tells, it is a ,,ripe for private investment“ (1.64) The author emphasizes that alternative approaches still need progress, that could be getting forgotten. At the end, he uses the alliteration „clever crop" (1.65) to enlighten about the real amount of logic a farm needs. He/she calls it „an ecosystem managed with intelligence“ (1.65). He/she ends the article with a reminder that GM crops are indeed a great part in agricultural development, but still just one part of the whole system. To conclude, the author uses many stylistic and rhetorical devices to enlighten his/her readers about GM technology and also confidently refutes the possible fears of people he/she mentions. It's clear to see that the author has a quite positive position to the GM business, but not in a naive way. He/she stays neutral and also emphasizes that there are indeed fears, that should be taken seriously.

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The article ,,Attack of the Really Quite Likable Tomatoes" deals with genetic modified (GM) plants and their effect on agriculture worldwide. It also gives information about several fears that people have concerning commercial GM crops. The author wants to defuse those fears, for that he uses several rhetorical and stylistic devices which will be analyzed in the following. First of all, already the title demonstrates the authors position to the topic. He/She uses the negative connoted word ,,Attack" to put it in a contrast to the more positive attribute „Likable". Here, he/she already plays down the fear people have of genetic modified plants like for instance, GM tomatoes. In the beginning of the first paragraph, the author gives information about for how long GM plants are actually getting planted commercially. In the following, the author uses an enumeration in l. 3: „descendants, relatives and remixes" in order to highlight how fast the GM plants spread across the world. To strengthen this argument once more, the author compares GM plants with ,,profitable, high-tech pondweed". In order to highlight the expanding of GM plants, the author says the total area of growing GM plants is already larger than Peru. This comparison illustrates the expanded size of GM farmland to the readers. As a further example, the author...

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writes that also China entered the GM plant business but for the time being only as a better nutrition for pigs. Furthermore, with the repetition ,more and more" (l. 12) the author highlights the amount of plants whose genomes already are sequenced, for example maize and soya. The next paragraph starts with the hyperbole: „Such stories of success will strike fear into some hearts". The author dramatizes how the stories of expanding GM agriculture can be a thread to some people. He/she states these fears as ,,understandable“ (I. 19) but refutes them with the argument that there is „lacking supporting evidence“ (II. 19f) and that soon government will be able to monitor and test way easier through better technologies, and so the GM plants can be easily checked on, in order to prevent any kind of problems. At the beginning of the third paragraph, the author mentions another worry that some people have, and that is that GM companies could take over farmer's livelihoods. The author mentions statistics in order to prove knowledge about the topic: he says that 90% of farmers who grow GM crops are quite poor, while GM companies gain much money for selling GM seeds. That he illustrates with another statistical information: ,,The GM market was worth $10.5 billion in 2009" (II. 32f). Also China, India and Brazil work on developing new GM crops likewise charities like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are helping to develop stronger variants of GM crops. In the following, the author indirectly quotes Bill Gates (11.45f) where he says that the fact from where the GM seeds are coming is a complete different question to who pays for them. The author compares that with drugs and vaccines (1.46), that it's possible to produce GM seeds with donor money in order to sell it to farmers until the products „deliver what farmers require" (1.49) and so ,,the need for such special measures should diminish". So, GM business should actually help farmers to gain a little more money so that they can invest more to build up a „predominantly urban population" (1.54) The author starts the last paragraph with another worry concerning GM technology. Now he/she uses a more serious tone and makes clear that this certain worry has to be takes seriously (1.55f). The author worries that GM technology crowd out other agriculture researches. GM technologies is a intellectual property, which can be protected from copying and so, as the author tells, it is a ,,ripe for private investment“ (1.64) The author emphasizes that alternative approaches still need progress, that could be getting forgotten. At the end, he uses the alliteration „clever crop" (1.65) to enlighten about the real amount of logic a farm needs. He/she calls it „an ecosystem managed with intelligence“ (1.65). He/she ends the article with a reminder that GM crops are indeed a great part in agricultural development, but still just one part of the whole system. To conclude, the author uses many stylistic and rhetorical devices to enlighten his/her readers about GM technology and also confidently refutes the possible fears of people he/she mentions. It's clear to see that the author has a quite positive position to the GM business, but not in a naive way. He/she stays neutral and also emphasizes that there are indeed fears, that should be taken seriously.