Day 18: “Calorie Man” – GMOs, IP, and Dystopia

In our last class of the summer session, we will discuss Paolo Bacigalupi’s short story “Calorie Man.”  Set in Bacigalupi’s award-winning WindUp universe, “Calorie Man” focuses our attention on the ethics of genetically modified organisms and intellectual property rights.  In a world where the main focus of the police is to protect corporations from piracy, geneticists can be deemed enemies of the state and terrorists for trying to feed people.   We will use this literature as an entry point into a discussion of the Green Revolution, GMOs, and gene patenting.


  • Study for the final exam
  • Finish your personal essay
  • Review the course on

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