Protests This Week Against Genetically Engineered Trees: "Disaster for Climate" – Tom Llewellyn

 

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.

 

Tom Llewellyn, tom@realcooperative.org

   Llewellyn is with Real Cooperative, a local North Carolina group that helped organize the weekend Monsanto protests and continuing GE tree protests this week. Among his concerns: "Genetically engineered trees would be grown for biomass — in other words, to burn for fuel. One problem is that this will likely result in farmers growing more such trees and growing less food. Another major concern is that genetically engineered trees are perennials. So, unlike annual food plants that we could choose to stop using at some point, we’d be stuck with these trees, with their pollen getting into other forests, indefinitely and irreversibly."

Additional background: CBS News reports: "Marches and rallies against agricultural company Monsanto were held across the U.S. and in dozens of other countries on Saturday. Protesters say they want to call attention to the dangers posed by genetically modified food and the food giants that produce it."

On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported on how European companies are cutting down U.S. forests in ways that would be illegal in Europe: "Europe’s Green-Fuel Search Turns to America’s Forests."

FROM:  the Institute for Public Accuracy

 

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