Welcome to GMOdebate.com


The Great GMO Debate was created by Shannon McAleenan, a journalism graduate student at the University of Florida. She became interested in the topic after reading an article in The New Yorker.

An international controversy surrounds the use of GMOs, or genetically modified organisms. The details of this debate will be explored in this site. Are GMos safe? Will they help stop world hunger? In the U.S., concern for GMOs has not reached the same level as they have in other countries, especially those in Europe.

Why tell this story?

From 1995 to 2005, land cultivated with GMOs had increased by a factor of 50, to 222 million acres. Fifty-five percent of these acres are represented in the U.S. Many of the main staples of American agriculture are dominated by GMO species. As of 2006, 89 percent of soybeans, 83 percent of cotton and 61 percent of corn grown in the U.S. were GMOs. Whatever your level of interest in this subject, it is clear that most of the food we eat somehow involves GMOs.

Exploring the GMO debate


This Web site is about genetically modified organisms. It does not take a particular position on whether GMOs are safe or unsafe, it seeks simply to inform visitors about the issue and it's surrounding debates. All pictures on the site are used under a Creative Commons License.