About Stop GE Trees

Who We Are
The Stop GE Trees Campaign is a national and international alliance of organizations that have united toward the goal of prohibiting the ecologically and socially devastating release of genetically engineered trees into the environment.  Global Justice Ecology Project coordinates, administrates and fundraises for the campaign.  World Rainforest Movement, based in Uruguay, is the Southern Focal Point for the Campaign and has materials in Spanish and Portuguese.STOP GE Trees Campaign Goal: A global ban on the release of GE trees into the environment.The main objectives of the STOP GE Trees ...

5/24/2010 2:10 pm  Read More  


The Dangers of Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees
USDA Approves Mass-Release of GE Eucalyptus Trees In U.S. “Eucalyptus is the perfect neoliberal tree.  It grows quickly, turns a quick profit in the global market and destroys the earth.”—Jaime Aviles, La Jornada On May 12th, 2010, the USDA approved a request by ArborGen, multi-national genetically engineered (GE) trees company, to release 260,000 cold-tolerant GE eucalyptus trees in so-called “field trials” in seven states across the U.S. South.  ArborGen also has a request pending with the USDA to commercially release GE eucalyptus trees for vast plantations across Texas, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina. GE eucalyptus tree plantations pose an unprecedented threat ...

5/24/2010 2:56 pm  Read More  


Social & Ecological Impacts of Using Wood for Liquid Fuels
    With concerns mounting about the competition between food and fuel due to crop-based agrofuels (large-scale, unsustainable biofuels), industry is heavily promoting fuel produced from woody sources such as trees as the solution to this conflict. Unfortunately, this is not a solution; and instead will cause detrimental impacts on biological diversity as well as Indigenous and rural communities. It will also further exacerbate the global food shortage and climate crisis. Second Generation Biofuels: No solution to Climate Change    It is argued that production of liquid transport fuels from inedible plants will eliminate the food-fuel competition that has heavily contributed to ...

4/08/2010 6:05 am  Read More  


A Silent Forest: The Growing Threat, Genetically Engineered Trees
For more details on the dangers of GE trees, view A Silent Forest, the GE trees documentary narrated by Dr. David Suzuki, which is posted on our blog, Climate Connections ...

1/26/2010 4:22 am  Read More  


GE Trees, Cellulosic Biofuels & Destruction of Forest Biological Diversity
To download a PDF of the Global Justice Ecology Project article on the dangers of genetically engineered trees and cellulosic agrofuels (unsustainably produced biofuels) click the icon below.For an abbreviated version of this article please see "An Overview". GE Trees and cell eth brief.pdf ...

4/22/2009 5:31 am  Read More  


Why we need to STOP GE Trees
What's the Problem With Genetically Engineered Trees? Multi-billion dollar timber and biotechnology corporations are developing genetically engineered (GE) trees for future production of paper and agrofuels (unsustainably produced biofuels).  Hundreds ...

4/22/2009 5:25 am  Read More  


Groups Issue joint Response to UNCBD INF/27 Paper on GE Trees
Below please find English, Spanish and French versions of the analysis document produced jointly by organizations involved in the effort to stop the release of genetically engineered trees through the UN Biodiversity Convention in Bonn, Germany 19-30 May 2008. Joint_analysis_GET_Bonn.pdf CBD joint analysis spanish.pdf CBD joint letter french_bonn.pdf ...

4/22/2009 5:02 am  Read More  


GE Trees: Myths vs. Realities
To download a PDF of the article GE Trees Myths vs. Realities which details the threats and dangers of GE trees, click on the link below. GE Trees Myths updated.pdf ...

4/22/2009 5:22 am  Read More  


The Urgent Need to STOP GE Trees
Trees are the oldest and largest living organisms on the planet and are and have always been of significant cultural importance to many peoples all over the world. Genetically engineered trees pose unpredictable and unnecessary threats to the environment, biodiversity and human health. Trees are living organisms that undergo complex changes in their life-cycles due to stresses such as insect attack or extreme weather conditions. These changes will cause unpredictable reactions in genetically engineered trees. Trees, therefore, cannot and should not be controlled through genetic engineering.Trees interact with the ecosystems they are part of ...

4/22/2009 5:42 am  Read More  


US Leads the World in Pushing GE Trees
Multi-billion dollar timber corporations are investing millions into GE trees research and development. International Paper, MeadWestvaco and Rubicon are partners in ArborGen and fund research through public universities across this country.  As a result, the U.S. leads the world in the development of GE trees technology and has carried out over 350 outdoor test plots of GE trees mainly in the U.S. South, Upper Midwest and Pacific Northwest.  South Carolina, where ArborGen is headquartered, leads the way, with nearly 100 outdoor test plots.This is of great concern across the continent due to the enormous distances tree pollen and seeds are ...

1/24/2008 3:45 am  Read More