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Guide to Agriculture Research in the Cal Poly Library: covers Animal Science, Agribusiness & Food Industry Management, Agricultural Education, Food Science, Human Nutrition and Plant Science.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Agriculture)

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Don't miss the  CQ Researcher Links in the box belowThe Opposing Viewpoints database has opposing opinion essays (which they call "Viewpoints"), articles, and reference materials on various controversial issues, including some of interest to Agriculture.


Broad subject areas (or "Issues") include:

  • Agricultural Subsidites
  • Agriculture Industry
  • Animal Experimentation
  • Animal Rights
  • Biofuels
  • Body Image
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Culture of Beauty
  • Eating Disorders
  • Environmentalism
  • Food Safety
  • Food Insecurity
  • Free Trade
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Genetically Modified Food
  • Global Warming
  • Globalization
  • Junk Food
  • The Local Food Movement
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Organic Food
  • Pollution
  • Population Growth
  • Recycling
  • Sweatshops
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Vegetarianism
  • Western Diets

screenshot from opposing viewpoints

As you explore a particular "Issue" in the database, be sure to click on the "number" links to see more materials. Each source box has a number link but the link is easy to miss!

There are different source boxes for "Academic Journals", "Reference", "Statistics", "News", "Magazines", etc.

screenshot from opposing viewpoints

You can also search for other, more specific topics. Examples:

  • Clothing Industry
  • Factory Farming
  • Water Supply

If these links don't work, start up Opposing Viewpoints to do the search yourself.

opposing viewpoints screen shot - search options

Searches are often very broad; look to the right after doing a search for ways to limit the search.

Citing Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Citation tools link

When you are looking at a single document in Opposing Viewpoints, click on the "Citation Tools" link on the right side of the screen to get formatted citations of the document in MLA or APA formats.

CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher has in depth reports on controversial issues. Some examples are listed below. The reports often have a "Pro" vs "Con" section for hot topics. You can also browse through CQ Researcher's reports by date, "issue trackers," and pro/con sections by topic. Be sure to pay attention to the the dates of the reports, as some of them are quite old.

  • Alternative Medicine
  • Animal Rights, short report
  • Climate Change
  • Dietary Supplements
  • E-Cigarettes
  • Farm Policy: Does U.S. farm policy promote unhealthy eating?
  • Farm Subsidies
  • Fast-Food Shakeout
  • Food Labeling
  • Food Policy Debates
  • Food Safety
  • Genetically Modified Food
  • Global Hunger
  • Global Population Growth
  • Graying Planet
  • Immigration Conflict
  • Managing Western Lands
  • Marijuana Industry
  • National Parks
  • Obesity, short report
  • Organic Farming Boom
  • Pesticide Controversies
  • Population Growth
  • Rising Food Prices
  • Robotics and the Economy
  • Sugar Controversies
  • Supply Chains at Risk
  • Water Crisis in the West
  • Water Shortages