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ENC 1101 (Farmer): Develop Argument

Develop an Argument

A general topic is not enough; for an argument paper, a debatable topic or argument is needed.

Food safety is good is not a debatable topic. The majority of people would like their food to be safe. It would be hard to find articles arguing that food safety is bad.

The debate lies in what we should do about food safety.

Here are some examples of arguments:

  • The United States should ban titanium dioxide.
  • The Food Safety Modernization Act is underfunded.
  • Food recalls are not effective.
  • Genetically modified food is unhealthy.

Notice that for each of these, the opposite could be argued:

  • The United States should not ban titanium dioxide.
  • The Food Safety Modernization Act is well funded.
  • Food recalls are effective.
  • Genetically modified food is healthy.

That makes these arguments debatable.

Tip

Use the viewpoints essays section of Opposing Viewpoints to find examples of arguments.