Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Protests This Week Against Genetically Engineered Trees: "Disaster for Climate"
Following protests against Monsanto and genetically engineered food this past weekend, protests are ongoing in Asheville, N.C. against the International Tree Biotechnology Conference taking place there until June 1.
Petermann is executive director of Global Justice Ecology Project, Brunner is media and communications associate with the group. They both focus on the group’s STOP GE Trees Campaign and are in both in Asheville. The group released a statement: "FuturaGene hosted a workshop on the future of forest biotechnology. The workshop was dominated by debate about what to do about public opposition to GE trees. Presenters lamented the fact that they were being targeted by protesters and that they could not get the public ‘on board’ with their research and business plans. … Two of the major conference sponsors — FuturaGene and ArborGen — are moving forward with plans to commercially release GE eucalyptus trees in Brazil and the U.S."
Peterman said today: "ArborGen is genetically engineering non-native eucalyptus trees to be freeze tolerant to feed ethanol refineries and biomass burners under the umbrella of climate mitigation. They want to convert biodiverse and carbon-rich forests into vast plantations of invasive, flammable and water-draining eucalyptus trees. This will be a disaster for the climate."
See the backgrounder from the group [PDF]: "GE Trees, ArborGen and the Future of the World’s Forests."
FROM: Institute for Public Accuracy