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Media Coordinator Wanted for Campaign to STOP GE Trees
Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees Media Coordinator Position Job Description Working for a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the employee will work directly with two organizations: Biofuelwatch and the Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees. • Full-time salaried position beginning at $34,000, depending on experience • Benefits after three-month trial period include 3 weeks paid vacation and health insurance Requirements: •  Experience with non-profits and/or background in media and communications work required (including social media); however, people experienced in public relations will be considered  •  Must be attentive to detail, dependable, outgoing, and cooperative, with excellent communication and organizational skills •  Must have high ethical standards while maintaining ...

4/23/2014 5:27 am  Read More  


Air Pollutants From Biomass Burning Exceeds Coal
By Andrew Childers, April 3, 2014. Source: Bloomberg BNA. Facilities burning biomass emit more air pollutants, including carbon dioxide, per megawatt-hour than those that burn coal, according to a Partnership for Policy Integrity report. The April 2 report, “Trees, Trash, and Toxics: How Biomass Energy Has Become the New Coal,” examined 88 Clean Air Act permits issued to industrial sources that burn biomass. It found that sources burning biomass emit 50 percent more carbon dioxide per megawatt of electricity generated than coal-burning sources. Additionally, the report said that even the cleanest-operating biomass facilities emit 150 percent more nitrogen oxides, 600 percent more volatile ...

4/04/2014 3:50 am  Read More  


GMO tree plan grows controversy in Espanola, New Mexico
Source: Albuquerque Journal, Friday, March 28, 2014 | By Mark Oswald / Journal Staff WriterA scientist from Washington State University wants to plant genetically engineered poplar trees along the Rio Grande on the north side of Española that will produce 2-phenylethanol, which provides the sweet scent of roses.The market for the stuff, now mostly produced synthetically from non-renewable resources (roses themselves apparently aren’t terribly efficient), is huge. It’s used in foods, candy, flavored teas and other drinks, lotions, soaps and powders.“There’s probably not a day goes by that you don’t consume it or put it on your body,” said Keith ...

3/28/2014 12:06 pm  Read More  


Forest scientists seek help with new Eucalyptus pest
March 11, 2014. Source: Farmer's Weekly A new pest of commercial Eucalyptus trees appears to have made its way to South Africa. While forest scientists have yet to confirm the pest’s identity, initial indications are that it may belong to the genus Spondyliaspis, more commonly known as shell lerp psyllids. Detected in Pretoria, SA by Prof Stefan Neser of the University of Pretoria’s Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), the pest is reportedly a sap-sucking insect where the nymphs are covered by a protective casing called a lerp. “Early detection of this psyllid in new areas will greatly assist in assessing its ...

3/16/2014 2:41 pm  Read More  


Action: USDA Public Comment Period on GMO 'Coexistence'
February 4, 2014. Source: National Organic Coalition “Agricultural Coexistence” ≠ GMO Contamination Prevention USDA is asking for public comments on how agricultural “coexistence” (relationships between GMO and non-GMO farmers) can be strengthened. Comment deadline: March 4, 2014 Farmers & Handlers: Share your experiences and costs with preventing GE contamination, or about being contaminated Consumers: Tell USDA: Contamination Prevention Now! WHY IS THIS ACTION SO IMPORTANT? Organic and Non-GMO agriculture has shouldered the burden of GMO contamination for too long. Tell USDA: (1) Implement mandatory contamination prevention measures to avoid the problem and protect the non-GMO sector. (2) Ensure shared responsibility for the unwanted spread of GE products.  Farmers should not shoulder the burden through ...

2/19/2014 4:18 am  Read More  


Rose scent in poplar trees? WSU turns to genetic engineering
By Sandi Doughton, February 9, 2014. Source: Seattle Times Sniff the air around Norman Lewis’ experimental poplars, and you won’t pick up the scent of roses. But inside the saplings’ leaves and stems, cells are hard at work producing the chemical called 2-phenylethanol — which by any other name would smell as sweet. Sweeter still is the fact that perfume and cosmetics companies will pay as much as $30 an ounce for the compound that gives roses their characteristic aroma. Because what Lewis and his colleagues at Washington State University are really chasing is the smell of money. Born out of the frustrating quest to wring biofuels ...

2/19/2014 4:12 am  Read More  


Revitalizing Our Forests
by Bernd Heinrich on December 20, 2013 Source: The New York Times Opinion Pages   THIS Christmas season, I am roasting chestnuts by the fire. American chestnuts, to be exact. These nuts, once widespread, were almost wiped out by a fungal blight. For a century, most of the chestnuts we eat, like the sweet Castanea sativa variety, have been imported from Europe and Asia. And yet, I have been enjoying American chestnuts for several years now, harvested from some trees that are now part of my forest of 600 acres in western Maine. I planted four seedlings in the spring of 1982. Beyond all ...

1/16/2014 2:56 pm  Read More  


Diseased Orange Trees May Mean GMOs In Your Juice
by Rick Paulason January 15, 2014 Source: KCET.orgWhen it comes to healthy beverages, a glass of orange juice is in the same murky category as coffee and wine. Too much of it is not good for your body, but an occasional glass may actually be quite beneficial. Also, the health benefits one may receive come secondary to the fact that it's freakin' delicious.Oh, sure, there may be some people (i.e. weirdos) who can't wrap their heads around why everyone's so in love with it, or find the drink too acidic to be pleasant. And that's fair. Horribly wrong, but fair. ...

1/16/2014 1:45 pm  Read More  


Science, Not Mysticism, Will Save the American Chestnut Tree
Note: Talk about a lack of science. Bailey asserts American chestnuts engineered to contain unrelated wheat genes are more native than those backcrossed with Chinese chestnuts. Genetic engineering and hybridization are not comparable. American chestnuts crossed with wheat are as natural as strawberries crossed with flounders.He goes on to address other GE trees: "What’s wrong with genetically engineered eucalyptus trees? [They] have been improved to be freeze-tolerant so that they can be grown in the southern U.S..."In fact GE eucalyptus trees are invasive and highly flammable. The US Forest Service reports they would use twice the water of native forests. ...

12/28/2013 3:25 am  Read More  


Large Old Trees Grow Fastest, Storing More Carbon
by Ben Young Landis and Nathan Stephenson, US Geological Survey on January 15, 2014 Source: www.usgs.gov newsroom THREE RIVERS, Calif, — Trees do not slow in their growth rate as they get older and larger — instead, their growth keeps accelerating, according to a study published today in the journal Nature. "This finding contradicts the usual assumption that tree growth eventually declines as trees get older and bigger," says Nate Stephenson, the study's lead author and a forest ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. "It also means that big, old trees are better at absorbing carbon from the atmosphere than has been commonly assumed." An international team ...

1/17/2014 12:57 pm  Read More  


The tree of knowledge of good and evil
By Dale Wiehoff, December 13, 2013  Think ForwardIt’s common to make biblical references when we want to underscore how ancient something is, but in the case of apples, we know they’ve been around for a very long time. Originating in Central Asia, hybrid varieties propagated through grafting were well established over 6,000 years ago. Today there are over 7,500 cultivars world-wide. Despite the range, diversity and quantity of apples produced in the world, however, Malus domestica apparently isn’t measuring up to the modern consumer’s expectations. At least that’s what Neal Carter, president of Okanagan Specialty Fruits thinks. He has developed ...

12/14/2013 11:28 am  Read More  


Urgent Action Alert: GE Apple Comments to USDA Needed by Dec 9
The USDA is accepting public comments on the deregulation of an apple tree genetically engineered to prevent the flesh of the apple from turning brown.  As usual, assessments of the risks to human health, especially children’s health, are utterly lacking and little is known about how the GE apple will interact with the environment.This is the first GE fruit tree that is to be widely grown and eaten. There are concerns about the silencing of a whole gene family with unknown functions (suspected to be involved in defense against pests and pathogens), inadequate testing of susceptibility to pests and pathogens ...

11/26/2013 6:47 am  Read More  


Poplars modified for ethanol production still fight bugs
Wildtype (left) and genetically reduced gibberellic acid (right) hybrid poplar genotypes. Photo: Christine Buhl   Note: As the proposed deregulation of genetically engineered trees edges closer with no independent assessment of their risks, the Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees grows stronger.  Please sign the petition demanding a ban on the release of socially and ecologically destructive GE trees, and help us prevent this disaster before it starts.–The GJEP TeamBy Heather Hartmann, Nov 7 2013.  Source: Great Lakes EchoInsects could help decide what fuel goes in your vehicle’s tank.A recent University of Wisconsin studylooked at whether genetically modifying poplar trees to more ...

11/08/2013 6:04 am  Read More  


No scientific consensus on GMO safety: Public Being Misled
(to access statement with all references, click here) Statement: As scientists, physicians, academics, and experts from disciplines relevant to the scientific, legal, social and safety assessment aspects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs),[1] we strongly reject claims by GM seed developers and some scientists, commentators, and journalists that there is a “scientific consensus” on GMO safety[2] [3] [4] and that the debate on this topic is “over”.[5]We feel compelled to issue this statement because the claimed consensus on GMO safety does not exist. The claim that it does exist is misleading and misrepresents the currently available scientific evidence and the broad diversity ...

10/22/2013 1:34 pm  Read More  


Modified Stands: New GE Trees Article in Earth Island Journal
Note: The article below highlights some of the concerns with GE trees, but does not sufficiently address the problems presented by eucalyptus trees in particular.  For a summary of these potential dangers--which include depletion of ground water, explosive flammability and displacement of wildlife and communities, please see our GE trees fact sheet. In addition, please consider a donation to the campaign to enable us to build our capacity and launch an organizing effort in the communities directly threatened by GE eucalyptus plantations.  Thank you!   Will genetically engineered trees help save the climate or will they alter forests forever? BY MAUREEN NANDINI MITRA, Source: ...

9/05/2013 1:20 pm  Read More  


Southeast Organizing Tour on Genetically Engineered Trees this Fall
The Growing Threat: Genetically Engineered Trees and the Future of ForestsA teach-in and campaign building workshopFeaturing local organizers and members of the International Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered TreesGenetically Engineered (GE) trees pose an enormous risk to the biodiverse forests of the southeastern US.  GE trees are being promoted for use in industrial monoculture plantations for timber, pulp and bioenergy. GE trees like the highly invasive, flammable eucalyptus are being pushed as 'climate solutions' despite the enormous human health and ecological risks. Native pine and poplar are being engineered to replace more conventional varieties, running the risk of genetic contamination, ...

10/07/2013 5:42 am  Read More  


Campaign to STOP GE Trees Launches Crowdfunding Campaign
Today is the last day to donate to our crowdfunding campaign to stop genetically engineered trees.  We have many great activities planned throughout the fall to stand up for native forests and stop GE trees.  Please support them today. Click here to donate and see the rewards we are offering.   Genetically engineered trees threaten to contaminate forests, displace wildlife and cause deadly firestorms. Join the Campaign to  help us stop this threat BEFORE it is too late. For more information about the campaign, click here. Together we can stop the threat of GE trees forever. Photo Caption: Greenhouse filled with eucalyptus tree clones.  ...

8/30/2013 10:06 am  Read More  


GMO Oranges: Another Unnecessary and False Solution
Note: This article below which promotes genetic engineering to "save" the orange industry in the US is another push for the GMO "quick fix" no matter how unproven and potentially disastrous.  Even the USDA has a more sensible take on curing citrus greening, which can be found in an article on their website titled, "Prescription for Curing Citrus Greening: Apply Heat and Wait."  Too bad the New York Times forgot to mention that option...  But check out the comments to see how the public feels about genetically engineered orange juice. --The GJEP Team A Race to Save the Orange by Altering Its ...

8/21/2013 3:35 am  Read More  


Z Magazine: Historic Protests Disrupt GE Trees Conference
From the July-August issue of Z Magazine:Historic Protests Disrupt Industry ConferenceBy Anne Petermann, Global Justice Ecology Project Executive Director andOrin Langelle, Global Justice Ecology Project Board ChairHundreds of activists from across the country converged on Asheville, North Carolina from Sunday, May 26 to Saturday, June 1 to protest the Tree Biotechnology 2013 conference, hosted by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). They came to raise vocal and determined opposition to genetically engineered trees (GE trees). The conference occurs every two years and brings together leading tree engineers, students, and corporate representatives to discuss the science and politics of ...

7/01/2013 12:19 pm  Read More  


Read News and Updates from the Week of Action Against the Tree Biotechnology 2013 Conference
For news and updates from the protests against the Tree Biotechnology 2013 conference, including several photo essays, please visit our Climate-Connections.org blog.  ...

6/01/2013 1:49 pm  Read More  


Call to Action: Stand up for Native Forests, Resist the Tree Biotechonology 2013 Conference!
Protest: May 26 - June 1! Asheville, NC Download the poster here:  ge-trees-color-11x17.pdf Join Earth First!, Global Justice Ecology Project and the STOP GE Trees Campaign for a week of resistance to genetically engineered trees. At the end of May, the International Tree Biotechnology 2013 Conference is taking place in Asheville, NC. This conference is a gathering of many of the major players in the genetically engineered tree business and we intend to greet them with spirited protest. Timber and utility corporations want to plant millions of acres genetically engineered trees throughout the South to burn for electricity, as well as to continue supplying ...

4/24/2013 12:39 pm  Read More  


From the Ecologist: Will GE Eucalyptus plantations feed UK biomass powerstations?
by Lorna Howarth, February 15th, 2013  Source: The EcologistThe Ecologist's Lorna Howarth reports on news and action from the environmental frontline....Replacing one destructive fuel with another is not the answer. If biomass powerstations in the United Kingdom burn almost twice as much wood per year than is actually produced in this country annually, it stands to reason that fuelstock will have to be imported to keep them going. So where is all this extra wood going to come from? The Drax Group not only operates the UK's largest coal-fired power station but they are planning to convert half their coal power ...

2/24/2013 1:05 pm  Read More  


The GM tree plantations bred to satisfy the world's energy needs
Israeli biotech firm says its modified eucalyptus trees can displace the fossil fuel industryby John Vidal, environment editor, The Guardian, Thursday 15 November 2012GM eucalyptus trees at five-and-a-half years old, grown in a field trial. FutureGene claims GM species grow thicker and faster than the natural plant, making it possible to be grown for energy generation.It's a timber company's dream but a horrific industrial vision for others: massive plantations of densely planted GM eucalyptus trees stretching across Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia and China, engineered to grow 40% faster for use as paper, as pellets for power stations and as fuel ...

12/04/2012 3:05 am  Read More  


Black carbon from burning wood causes twice as much global warming than previously thought
New findings suggest there may be untapped potential to curb climate change by reducing soot emissionsSource: guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 15 January 2013 Photograph: Dado Galdier / APThe biggest source of black carbon emissions is the burning of forest and savannah grasslands. Soot from burned wood and diesel exhausts may have twice the impact on global warming than previously thought, according to a new study published on Tuesday.The "black carbon" is said to be the second most important man-made agent of climate change.The findings, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, suggest there may be untapped potential to curb global warming by ...

1/16/2013 1:11 pm  Read More  


Submit Comments by April 29! Oppose USDA Deregulation of 1st Genetically Engineered Forest Tree
PUBLIC COMMENTS NEEDED BY APRIL 29, 2013Tell the USDA NO WAY on Genetically Engineered Trees! The USDA is accepting public comments on a request by GE tree company ArborGen to commercially sell hundreds of millions of freeze tolerant genetically engineered eucalyptus trees annually for vast plantations across Texas, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina.  For more on the dangers of GE trees and detailed information for your comments, read our GE trees fact sheet. Government approval of GE eucalyptus trees would set a dangerous precedent that could lead to the legalization of GE versions of native forest trees, including poplar ...

3/13/2013 1:45 pm  Read More  


Doha, Forests and the Production Tax Credit: On Track to Burn, Baby, Burn
Note: Another example of how the race to replace fossil fuels with so-called renewables--in this case trees--is leading to outrageous devastation of forests--especially the forests of the Southeast US.  And now, with invasive and flammable genetically engineered eucalyptus trees waiting for approval to feed this growing demand for wood for energy, the forests of the US South are under even greater threat.  Thanks Rachel for this important article about this emerging threat. --Anne Petermann for the GJEP Team Rachel Smolker, Co-director, Biofuelwatch, 12/13/2012.  Source: Huffington Post Last Saturday, the annual UN Climate Talks, held in Doha, concluded, once more without any meaningful achievements. ...

12/20/2012 12:32 pm  Read More  


We made our Year End fundraising goal to stop GE trees! Thank You!
Holiday season, 2012The STOP GE Trees Campaign made our holiday fundraising goal of $25,000! Thank You! But if you haven't yet supported us, please contribute today.  Our fundraising needs continue.  It is critical that we raise funds to be able to advance our work to stop invasive, flammable and devastating GE trees.  Become part of the campaign to stop GE trees by donating today.  We need your support today to ensure that GE trees are never approved.  And this year your donation will go twice as far!  Simply click here, use the blue donate button on the right side of the screen, ...

12/04/2012 3:01 am  Read More  


In Italy, illegal GMO trees go up in smoke
Caption: illegal GE trees in Italy are burned by the authorities.  Courtesy: FreshPlaza 1 November 2012.  Source: GMO Watch NOTE: The illegal GM trees were destroyed on Monday October 29th. You can see photos of them going up in smoke here: http://www.freshplaza.com/news_detail.asp?id=102596The accompanying article presents their destruction as if it were a tragedy for the GM trees and "a bitter defeat of Public Research." However, this piece from back in May by the Genetic Rights Foundation (GRF) - the organisation which first identified that the trees were being grown without permission - throws a rather different light on what has occurred.------Illegal field ...

11/07/2012 11:28 am  Read More  


What’s Next for GMOs? How About Genetically Modified Trees!
Note: To sign the petition calling for a ban on GE trees, click here by Elizabeth Renter, 18 October,2012 Source:Prisonplanet.comIndustries are all about making more money, at any cost. If they can develop something now that will save money and produce more down the road, they will—often tossing ethical concerns to the side. Need proof? Just look at Big Pharma’s sales of harmful drugs, their cycle of side effects and treatments, or even how they want to make genetically modified plants to produce pharmaceutical drugs. Need more proof? Look at Monsanto and environmentally destructive herbicides. The latest movement towards increased production ...

10/18/2012 10:36 am  Read More  


GM trees: a fast growing field but with little information or regulation, says report
Note: The report mentioned below was produced in partnership with Global Justice Ecology Project.  GJEP chose this year not to attend the UN Convention on Biological Diversity or the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in India, though we have since 1996--specifically to pursue our demand for a global ban on genetically engineered trees--because we recognize that the real decisions are not being made at these multilateral meetings, but by the corporations that whisper in the ears of the government delegates, and invite them to fancy networking events.   As the article points out below, most of the research into GE trees is ...

10/09/2012 10:40 am  Read More  


Semi-dwarf trees may enable a green revolution for some forest crops
Note: "Forest crop"? Isn't that an oxymoron? Why would anyone would think it a good idea to insert foreign genes into trees, then set them loose in the environment where they are assured of contaminating native wild trees?  According to the article below, this seemingly innocuous experiment required inserting several genes and affecting 29 genetic traits.  Mutations anyone?  You cannot, as has been extensively demonstrated in tests, stick DNA full of foreign genes without causing mutations–the impacts of which cannot be anticipated.  Is it really worth the risk for “ornamental douglas fir trees.”  Or for any profit-motivated objective?  There is ...

10/04/2012 12:05 pm  Read More  


Open Letter: Groups Renew Demand for UN to Ban GE Trees
October 2, 2012Mr. Braulio Ferreira de SouzaExecutive SecretaryConvention on Biological DiversityMontreal, QC Canadasecretariat@cbd.int Dear Mr. Braulio Ferriera de Souza, On the second day of the sixth Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartegena Protocol on Biosafety (COP MOP 6) in Hyderabad, India, civil society organizations are renewing the demand for a global ban on the release of genetically modified trees (GM trees) into the environment. [Genetically modified trees are also called genetically engineered trees, GE trees or transgenic trees.]The signatories of this letter are civil society organizations that work to defend the world´s forests and ...

10/02/2012 10:17 am  Read More  


National Radio Interviews with the STOP GE Trees Campaign
Press Release Featuring Global Justice Ecology Project Gets National Interviews on the Dangers of GE Trees On Wednesday, July 11, 2012, Global Justice Ecology Project worked with the Institute for Public Accuracy to put out a press release highlighting the just-released “State of the Climate” report put out by the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association) which found that the first six months of 2012 were the hottest ever.  The release then linked that report’s findings to the plans by industry to develop genetically engineered trees, specifically GE non-native eucalyptus trees, for massive plantations across the US South--a move that would greatly ...

8/23/2012 1:27 pm  Read More  


Logging company reaches record $122.5 million settlement for California wildfire
Note: this introduction and article come from our friend Wally Menne at Timberwatch Coalition in South Africa.  Much of the timber industry's future focus for industrial timber plantation expansion is to use GE trees--especially GE eucalyptus, GE poplar and GE pine.  Any of these will have devastating impacts on local peoples and native ecosystems.  Here in the US, GE tree company ArborGen is hoping to get permission from the USDA to sell half a billion GE eucalytpus trees per year for planting across millions of acres from South Carolina to Texas--mainly for use as biofuels.  These super-flammable, drought-inducing non-native and ...

7/18/2012 12:40 pm  Read More  


Brazil: Eucalyptus developer begins final GE tree field trial
Note: The article below shows the key role that industry hopes GE trees will play in the development of extreme agrofuels (jet fuel, biodiesel, cellulosic ethanol, what have you), by manipulating the trees' lignin and cellulose content.  They are trying to sell GE trees to the public as a solution to climate change, when GE trees will actually exacerbate climate change by accelerating the destruction of native forests globally to make room for new plantations of GE trees--which are invasive, flammable and extremely water-intensive.  Brazil and the US are considering commercial approval of these frankentrees, which is why mobilizing to ...

5/08/2012 2:04 pm  Read More  


Victory! Richmond, BC (Canada) poised to take stand on GMO crops & GE trees
BY RANDY SHORE,  APRIL 10, 2012Cross-Posted from the Vancouver SunThe City of Richmond is poised to join a growing number of B.C. municipalities that oppose the cultivation of genetically modified crops and plants within their boundaries.A resolution has been working its way through city hall since June 2010, when Arzeena Hamir of the Richmond Food Security Society and April Reeves of GE Free B.C. pitched councillors on proposed wording that would keep Richmond free of genetically engineered trees, plants and crops.“We got a call a few days ago from city staff saying they are finally ready to write the report,” ...

4/11/2012 12:48 pm  Read More  


GJEP Releases New Report: Analysis of the State of GE Trees and Advanced Bioenergy
Global Justice Ecology Project's new twelve page report examines the current status of genetically engineered trees and their potential use as a bioenergy feedstock; reveals industry-government-university-research institution collusion to advance GE trees for bioenergy; and describes the campaign to stop the genetic engineering of trees. To download the report, please click on the PDF below:  GE trees report with cover 3:12-small.pdf ...

3/21/2012 4:56 am  Read More  


So-Called Confined field releases of GM Eucalyptus neither confined nor safe
Photo: the false solutions circus protests false solutions to climate change including GE trees during a protest against the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.  Photo courtesy: Red Clover Climate Justice by MOHAMMED ISMAIL on Mar 21, 2012 from Qw MagazinePerfunctory environmental assessment is based largely on uninformed prejudice and hides crucial details on gene constructs under ‘Confidential Business Information’. By Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho - Institute of Science in Society‘Confidential Business Information’ makes a mockery of risk assessmentAn application from ArborGen has taken a sinister turn in declaring most, if not all of the genetically modified (GM) constructs in a ...

3/22/2012 10:22 am  Read More  


Monsanto, Dow Gene-Modified Crops to Get Faster U.S. Reviews (also GE trees)
Note: Yes, indeed, the USDA is making it even easier for corporations to commercially plant dangerous GMO plants, including GE trees (see the last paragraph of the article). The reason?  Because crops are being taken over by rampant RoundUp Resistant weeds.  Why are there so many RR resistant weeds in the first place?  Because of the use of GMO RoundUp resistant crops, whose RR resistant genes have spread to the weeds!  The USDA, always on top of things...  The new weed-killing crops are to be engineered with 2,4-D, one of the ingredients in Agent Orange.  What happens when the weeds are ...

3/13/2012 11:10 am  Read More  


Action Alert: Help Stop GE Eucalyptus Trees in US South: Comments by Monday 3/12
Please forward widely      Comments needed by March 12!Help STOP planting of flowering GE Eucalyptus tree field trials in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and South CarolinaNote: Please submit comments to the USDA to ban the release of dangerous and destructive genetically engineered trees into the environment.  Information on the USDA’s approval of new test plots of flowering GE eucalyptus trees is below  (engineered for reduced lignin, cold tolerance and altered flowering).  To submit comments, click here.  For language to use in your comments, see below.For more on the dangers of GE trees, go to: http://nogetrees.org.  To sign our petition to the USDA ...

3/08/2012 12:05 pm  Read More  


COST Promoting Dangerous GE Trees in Europe
Note: the "objective" nature of COST's mission is "...improving the scientific basis for safe tree development..."  with the intent to supply the [industrialized over-consuming] world with "fuel, fibre and energy."  If we were to use GE trees or other plants to develop everything we currently make from petroleum products, we would need approximately six Planet Earths worth of land.  GE trees are not now nor ever will be "sustainable."  They would replace native forests, displace forest dependent communities and Indigenous Peoples, irreversibly contaminate native forests with dangerous engineered traits, destroy biodiversity and worsen climate change.   For more on why, ...

2/14/2012 3:09 am  Read More  


ETHANOL: Georgia second generation ethanol plant sold, costing taxpayers millions
Note from the STOP GE Trees Campaign: This is potentially good news for the campaign to stop the commercialization of genetically engineered trees.  The technological hurdles of transforming wood into liquid fuel have proved more formidable than industry led the US government and their private investors to believe--leading, in this case--to tens of millions of dollars in losses.  This is one more reason why the US government needs to stop subsidizing the development of GMOs generally and GE trees specifically, not to mention the false solution of plant-based liquid fuels, which have a host of social and ecological consequences.  For ...

1/05/2012 3:44 am  Read More  


GE Trees in Sweden Cause Concern
Therese ForsbergSmåbrukaren Nr 3 höst 2011This year genetically modified (GM) hybrid aspen and fruit trees are growing on 3,8 ha in Sweden. Proponents believe that GMO-trees are part of the solution to the problem of a growing population. Critics are concerned about the negative consequences for the ecosystem and the risks for human and animal health.The field trials with GMO trees include hybrid aspen and apple and pear trees. The aspen have been modified to have higher growth rate and to be drought resistant.1 The fruit trees have been modified to have a stronger root system. Conventionally bred varieties are ...

11/19/2011 9:26 am  Read More  


GE Poplars for Biofuels: OSU Cooperating with Greenwood Resources
Note: As you can see from the article below, the GE tree industry is hell-bent on moving forward with producing millions of their potentially disastrous GE tree clones.  They seem to have no concern for the ramifications these trees will have on forest ecosystems, wildlife and forest-dependent communities.  There is a lot of misinformation in the article below.  For the facts about GE trees and wood-based biofuels, see our website: nogetrees.orgWhy is GE tree proponent Steve Strauss stating in the article below that GE trees are 10 years away from reality?  He knows perfectly ...

11/18/2011 10:29 am  Read More  


Court loss won't stop environmentalists' battle against modified-eucalyptus trees
From the Commercial Appeal By Peter DownsSunday, October 23, 2011Environmentalists are vowing to continue their fight against genetically engineered "frankentrees" after losing a test case in Florida earlier this month."We're not terribly discouraged," said Anne Petermann, executive director of the Global Justice Ecology Project and the coordinator of the STOP GE Trees Campaign."We'll wait until the next stage of the regulatory process and intervene there," said Mike Stark, communications director for the Center for Biological Diversity, the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit that aimed to block field tests of genetically modified eucalyptus trees across the South.The trees in question were developed ...

10/24/2011 4:11 am  Read More  


USDA Grants $136 million for research into use of GE trees and other wood for bioenergy
Donate to the STOP GE Trees Campaign to Help Us Stop the Menace of Genetically Engineered Trees   Caption: Fast-growing poplar trees grown by Portland, OR-based GreenWood Resources, which has formed a partnership with GE tree company ArborGen. GE poplars coming to a forest near you?  There is a disturbing new push to transform forests in the Pacific Northwest into GE tree plantations to feed new bioenergy refineries.  On September 28, 2011, US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced it was making a grant of $136 million–its largest grant ever– to several universities and private companies in the Pacific Northwest to promote development ...

10/01/2011 5:59 am  Read More  


ArborGen Named as Member of the Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems
Note: Yet another disaster looming for the beautiful, biodiverse native hardwood, pine and wetland forests of the Southern U.S.  While genetically engineered tree (GE tree) company ArborGen argues they will increase the supply of wood per acre of land with their frankentrees, what they neglect to mention is that the massive increase in demand for wood to produce wood-based "biomass" electricity or other wood-based fuels will require the conversion of millions of acres of native forest into biologically sterile industrial timber plantations.  If ArborGen gets their way and these plantations contain genetically engineered eucalyptus, poplar and pine trees, ecological chaos ...

9/30/2011 12:46 pm  Read More  


The Big Push to Make Liquid Fuels from Trees
Note: The article below on turning trees into liquid fuel repeats much of industry's greenwash about the the process that we've heard (and refuted) before.  The 400,000 acres of fast-growing industrial poplar plantations they hope to develop will have tremendous environmental impacts--including depletion of soils and water, contamination of soils and water with toxic agrochemicals, destruction of native forests and displacement of wildlife.Industry claims they will only use the "slash" and "wood residues" for the fuel production, but the reality is, in order to be profitable, they will need to use the whole ...

9/29/2011 12:46 pm  Read More  


Poplar and cottonwood trees could produce fuel for transportation
Note: Using trees for liquid fuels threatens to massively increase global deforestation as native forests would be replaced by these valuable so-called “high productivity” GE tree plantations.  Lucy Sharrat, quoted in the article below is a member of the Steering Committee of the STOP GE Trees Campaign.By: Keven Drews, The Canadian PressPosted: 09/20/2011VANCOUVER – Massive plantations of poplar and cottonwood trees could one day dot Canada’s landscape, much like oil rigs do today, producing environmentally sustainable fuels for transportation, says a botanist.Carl Douglas of the University of British Columbia is among a team of researchers from across Canada who plan ...

9/21/2011 11:40 am  Read More  


World Rainforest Movement: Scientists Demand New Definition of Forests by United Nations
This year has been declared the International Year of Forests by the United Nations. In response, World Rainforest Movement has initiated a campaign that challenges the definition of “forest” used by FAO. Among other activities, we have drafted the following letter, for which we are seeking signatures from scientists and professionals in different fields related to the study of nature. The letter will be presented to FAO on September 21, the International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations.To sign-on the letter, go to the World Rainforest Movement website: http://wrm.org.uyOpen Letter from Scientists to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO)FAO ...

9/19/2011 3:33 am  Read More  


Genetically engineered dairy and trees come to Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Fonterra, the New Zealand based dairy giant is slashing its support for [already token support of] organic farming and moving further towards GE dairy farming [GE rye grass].Meanwhile, Scion and Arborgen push ahead with their GE tree trials in Rotorua planting 336 GE pine trees.–Gary CranstonGutting Of Organic Dairying Is The Next Step To GE FarmsTuesday, 23 August 2011Soil and Health AssociationFonterra has taken its next step towards genetically engineered pastures, with its announced scaling back of organic production by half, according to the Soil & Health Association of NZ.Fonterra’s announcement yesterday of a 50% drop in support for organic ...

8/23/2011 11:27 am  Read More  


Report Back From 2011 Tree Biotechnology Conference in Brazil
Photo Caption: Veracel eucalyptus tree clones. GE tree company ArborGen would like to see hundreds of millions of genetically engineered eucalyptus tree clones growing across the US South.   Photo: Petermann/GJEP-GFC Thanks to the support of our members, as well as the Global Forest Coalition and the Dogwood Alliance, Global Justice Ecology Project Executive Director and STOP GE Trees Campaign Coordinator Anne Petermann attended the Tree Biotechnology 2011 Conference in Bahia, Brazil where she documented the current state of the development of genetically engineered trees, as well as industry’s plans for their commercialization.  Below is the report back from that ...

7/07/2011 12:53 pm  Read More  


Update on the Lawsuit Against Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees
Last July the STOP GE Trees Campaign joined the attorneys at the Center for Food Safety and the Center for Biological Diversity, as well as the Sierra Club and the Dogwood Alliance to sue the US Department of Agriculture over their approval of the request by GE tree company ArborGen to plant over a quarter of a million non-native, invasive GE eucalyptus trees across seven southern US states.   On June 22 in Miami we took part in a court-ordered mediation with the USDA to see if there was any possibility to "settle" the lawsuit out of court. There was no settlement.We ...

6/23/2011 12:06 pm  Read More  


Roundup Birth Defects: Regulators Knew World's Best-Selling Herbicide Causes Problems, New Report Finds
Note: "Roundup Readiness" is one of the traits being researched for GE trees. --STOP GE Trees Campaign by Lucia Graves, Huffington Post06/ 8/11 WASHINGTON -- Industry regulators have known for years that Roundup, the world's best-selling herbicide produced by U.S. company Monsanto, causes birth defects, according to a new report released Tuesday.The report, "Roundup and birth defects: Is the public being kept in the dark?" found regulators knew as long ago as 1980 that glyphosate, the chemical on which Roundup is based, can cause birth defects in laboratory animals.But despite such warnings, and although the European Commission has known that glyphosate causes ...

6/08/2011 11:23 am  Read More  


ArborGen Senior Executive Appointed to U.S. DOE and USDA Biomass R&D Advisory Committee
Note: Like Barbara Wells, the CEO of ArborGen--who worked for Monsanto to bring their deadly RoundUp Ready soybeans to Brazil--according to the release below, "Prior to his current role at ArborGen, Nothmann led the Americas product management group for the vegetable business at Monsanto where he spent the last 13 years in various positions of increasing responsibility." ArborGen's got some great jargon:  "purpose grown trees" "technology-enhanced seedlings" "advanced tree genetics" -- all so they can, "[improve] the sustainability of working forests while helping to meet the world’s growing need for wood, fiber and energy."  So, in other words, they plan to ...

6/03/2011 3:13 am  Read More  


GE Trees for Biofuels: Risk Assessment Lacking
NOTE: IN the two articles below, we find the same old propaganda we've heard about GM trees (also called GE trees or GMO trees) since the late 1990s.  IN the first article about GM poplars, there is once again there is no attention paid to the ecological impacts of the inevitable and irreversible genetic contamination of native poplar trees with the engineered traits from these "successful" GE poplars.  They are low-lignin, meaning they have been genetically engineered to supress natural lignin production.  So?  Well, no problem, except that lignin is what protects trees from disease, insect infestation, animal browsing, wind, ...

5/23/2011 2:18 pm  Read More  


Forest Service unveils first comprehensive forecast on southern forests
Note: While suburban sprawl is a major threat to forests in the South and other parts of the U.S., industry has said that increasing demand for wood-based products (from electricity to textiles, chemicals, plastics and liquid fuels) will require a three-fold increase in the amount of wood produced by 2050.  Meanwhile, the Southern US is one of the places companies like International Paper and ArborGen are looking at for the massive increase in tree plantations and genetically engineered tree plantations, which clearly pose significant threats to southern forests.  Interestingly, the second paragraph of the report includes "bioenergy use" and invasive ...

5/17/2011 3:50 am  Read More  


ArborGen Pushes Low Lignin GE Eucalyptus Trees for Biofuels
Note: This article is from Friday the 6th of May, 2011, just days before ArborGen announced they would not be selling their shares publicly due to lack of confidence they would be able to find investors.  Indeed, their genetically engineered (GE) cold tolerant eucalyptus trees are tied up in court in a lawsuit filed by STOP GE Trees Campaign members Global Justice Ecology Project, Dogwood Alliance and Sierra Club in cooperation with the attorneys at the Center for Food Safety and Center for Biological Diversity.  Given the legal precedents against GMOs in US courts, its likely these GE altered-lignin trees ...

5/16/2011 9:16 am  Read More  


BIOTECH: Tree developer postpones IPO
(05/11/2011) Paul Voosen, E&E Reporter The biotech tree developer ArborGen LLC has, at the last minute, postponed its plans to sell shares on the NASDAQ exchange, one of the company's primary investors announced today. Apparently, the market was not ready to support ArborGen, which has not received regulatory approval to sell its bioengineered trees. However, the three timber giants backing the firm -- International Paper Co., MeadWestvaco Corp. and New Zealand's Rubicon Ltd. -- will continue to support the company, they said, though it has not yet turned a profit. "All three partners remain committed to the future success of the company," Rubicon said ...

5/12/2011 5:20 am  Read More  


Fierce competition over global wood fibre supply set to take off
Note: The article below quotes the The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) estimating “that the yield and harvest from planted forests will need to increase threefold by 2050, with planted land-area increasing 60%.”First of all, “planted forests” is an oxymoron.  Second, where exactly is all of this land going to come from? And how are they going to triple the output while only increasing the land base by 60%?  If industry has its way, this output increase will partly come from trees genetically engineered to grow more densely and more rapidly (they do not want us to think ...

5/05/2011 10:56 am  Read More  


Biomass Industry Responds to STOP GE Trees Lawsuit
Note: from the article below:  “Obviously, the litigious environment we have seen in the past couple years is representing a tremendous deterrent to investment in [biotechnology], especially on the biomass side, where a lot of them are start-up companies.” Batra says. “It’s making it very hard to get investments and to see their way through what could be five and 10 years in development of a product, if when you finally do get to a point where you’re close to commercialization, you’re going to have to deal with litigation. It is creating a ...

5/02/2011 10:29 am  Read More  


MST Leader: Brazil Does Not Need Poisons to Maintain Food Production
Note: Barbara Wells is the CEO of genetically engineered trees company ArborGen (with headquarters in the US and operations in Brazil and Australasia). She previously spent 18 years at Monsanto where her roles included co-managing director of Monsanto Brazil and leader of the Roundup Ready soybean team.  She is in large part responsible for the ecological and social disaster of GMO soy and its associated toxins in Brazil. This gives us a good idea what we can expect from ArborGen--the push for profits regardless of the human or ecological cost of their GMO "products".  Fortunately, we can still stop the commercial ...

4/29/2011 11:07 am  Read More  


Paper Industry Profits from Bogus Biofuel Tax Credits
Note: While social programs and other benefits to poor Americans are slashed and burned, the paper industry is reaping in yet more profits by turning toxic effluent into a supposedly "alternative fuel" and calling it cellulosic biofuel. GJEP has been opposed to the manufacture of real cellulosic biofuels because of the massive new demand it would create for wood--and especially for trees genetically engineered to be more easily digested into liquid fuel.  Now we have a new reason to oppose government subsidies for wood-based liquid fuels.  The paper industry is using it as a loophole to steal tax dollars.  And congress ...

4/27/2011 2:55 pm  Read More  


USDA plans to outsource biotech studies
Caption: Invasive, water-hogging and flammable GE eucalyptus trees by the millions across the US South are one of the GMO nightmares that the USDA is considering. Note: Already the USDA has a revolving door with the biotechnology industry and approves almost every hair-brained and unpredictably dangerous biotech scheme they come up with, so the fact that they are now preparing to let the biotech foxes guard the genetic engineering henhouse is hardly surprising.  It is merely removing the veneer of objectivity.  This should be a powerful signal to people concerned about or opposed to genetic engineering--of crops or trees or any ...

4/20/2011 11:09 am  Read More  


EU's Renewable Goals Driving Wood Pellet Growth
Wood-based electricity production is one of the main drivers of rapidly increasing logging of forests in the US as well as one of industries main excuses to both expand industrial tree plantations and develop faster-growing genetically engineered trees--especially eucalyptus. Wood based bioenergy is neither clean nor green. --The STOP GE Trees Campaign Team ________________ Cross-posted from Renewable Energy World By Robert Crowe Texas, USA -- North America's wood pellet producers doubled exports to Europe between 2008 and 2010 as biomass played a larger role in meeting renewable energy goals. This year will likely see even more growth as utilities ...

3/28/2011 4:07 am  Read More  


New studies raise doubts about greenness of biomass
Wood-based bioenergy, aka biomass, is the leading force driving development of plantations of genetically engineered trees in the United States, and is becoming a threat in countries like Brazil and various countries in Europe.  As the article points out below, this is merely one of many problems with wood-based electricity production.  There is no good, sustainable way to produce the amount of electricity consumed in the US.  The first step in our transition to a society that lives within the boundaries of the Earth's life support systems is to dramatically reduce the amount of energy we collectively consume.  Once that ...

3/23/2011 12:35 pm  Read More  


Transgenic Microbe Converts Cellulose to Isobutanol Fuel
Note: One need not be a scientist to understand that if such a wood and cellulose-digesting microbe escaped into the environment, it would cause an ecological disaster of unthinkable proportions.--The GJEP Team Cross-posted from ENS-Wire WASHINGTON, DC, March 8, 2011 (ENS) - In the quest for inexpensive biofuels, U.S. scientists have created a genetically engineered microbe and used it to convert plant matter directly into isobutanol. Isobutanol can be burned in regular car engines with a heat value higher than ethanol and similar to gasoline. Using consolidated bioprocessing, a team led by James Liao of the University of California at ...

3/10/2011 2:41 pm  Read More  


UN Video on Forests: "Of Forests and Men"
The following video was put together by the United Nations as part of their celebration of the "International Year of Forests."  While the video is a good summary of why we need to protect forests and how they are critical to the survival of life on earth, unfortunately, the policies put forward by UN bodies (including the UN Forum on Forests, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) are much more geared to putting forests into the market for the maximization of profits.  The UN is especially ...

3/04/2011 5:44 am  Read More  


USDA Considering Biofuel Crop Insurance Program
This biomass crop insurance program is yet another federal subsidy for corporations.  In this case, if companies invest in new and potentially dangerous agrofuel technologies, and these technologies fail, the government (i.e. taxpayers) will pick up the bill. This directly links to the campaign to stop genetically engineered trees as trees are being specifically engineered to be manufactured into so-called "second generation" agrofuels. --The GJEP Team ____________________ Cross-posted from Domestic Fuel USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the USDA will soon be accepting proposals to study the feasibility of providing crop insurance to producers of biofuel feedstocks ranging from corn stover to ...

2/28/2011 12:59 pm  Read More  


Purdue University Research: Roundup May Be Causing Miscarriages in Cattle, Humans
Among numerous other traits, one of the traits trees are being genetically engineered for is resistance to the herbicide RoundUp.  In agriculture, the use of GMO crops with this trait has caused huge increases in its use.  Yet another reason why GE trees need to be banned.  Sign our petition against the USDA's approval of GE eucalyptus test plots across the US Gulf Coast. --The GJEP Team ___________________________________ Cross-posted from Safe Lawns WHILE INSISTING HE DOES NOT WANT to be an alarmist, one of the nation’s senior soil scientists is alerting the federal government to a newly discovered organism that may have ...

2/21/2011 1:34 pm  Read More  


The Range Fuels Fiasco
Note: Cellulosic agrofuels (liquid fuels made from wood or other cellulosic non-food sources) are one of the excuses being touted for the commercial production of genetically engineered trees.  Range Fuels was subsidized to supposedly produce cellulosic agrofuels on a commercial scale.  If you want the details as to why cellulosic fuels from GE and other trees are a very bad idea, click here. --GJEP Team   Cross-posted from the Wall Street Journal A case study in the folly of politically directed investment. President Obama's budget next week is expected to include even more subsidies for renewable energy. Before Congress bellies up to that bar ...

2/14/2011 3:30 am  Read More  


Experts: Contamination from GM alfalfa certain
Just as perennial alfalfa is sure to escape and contaminate non-GMO alfalfa, if native versions of genetically engineered trees are approved for large-scale release, they are certain to contaminate their native cousins, or in the case of non-native eucalyptus--escape into native forests and push out native species and wildlife. To sign our petition against GE eucalyptus trees, click here. --The GJEP Team ____________ Cross-posted from Mercury News By MICHAEL J. CRUMB Associated Press Writer   DES MOINES, Iowa—Contamination of organic and traditional crops by recently deregulated, genetically modified alfalfa is inevitable, agriculture ...

2/09/2011 11:55 am  Read More  


Government Backs $1 Billion Plan to Make Gasoline from Wood
The desire to replace fossil fuels with wood in the manufacture of everything from liquid fuels to chemicals to plastics to electricity is driving a massive new demand for trees.  This is being met through the destruction of native forests, the expansion of industrial timber plantations of usually non-native and destructive trees and in the future industry hopes to meet this demand with trees genetically engineered for their specific end use.  GE trees will be socially and ecologically disastrous. To sign the petition against the development of GE eualyptus plantations in the Southern U.S. click here. --The GJEP Team __________________________ Cross-posted from the New ...

2/07/2011 3:38 am  Read More  


Eucalyptus Utopia
Note: As the article below demonstrates, Brazil is another country that is rapidly moving ahead with plans to legalize the commercial use of genetically engineered eucalyptus.  ArborGen, the GE trees company headquartered in South Carolina in the US, also has operations in Brazil and is quoted in the piece below. But regardless of whether or not the eucalyptus are engineered, the growing reliance on eucalyptus as a supposedly "renewable and green" source for energy or other products is going to mean the ongoing expansion of non-native eucalyptus plantations and all of the problems that are associated with them--including loss of native ...

1/26/2011 12:25 pm  Read More  


Genetically Engineered Trees (GE Trees) for Agrofuels: The Controvery Intensifies
by Anne Petermann In the past two days, two conflicting articles have addressed the use of trees, and especially GE trees, for the production of liquid agrofuels (cellulosic ethanol). The first article Range Fuels Closing Cellulosic Ethanol Plant announced that Range Fuels is shutting down its Georgia-based cellulosic ethanol plant after completing only one batch of cellulosic ethanol (also known as second generation ethanol).  The company cited the financial crisis and technological hurdles as the reason for shutting down despite $300 million in state, federal and private investments. The second article, Court challenges stall new biofuel crops from the DesMoines Register, trumpets the ...

1/25/2011 2:45 pm  Read More  


GE pine trees approved in NZ
Cross-posted from Friday Off Cuts Crown Research Institute Scion just before Xmas welcomed the Environmental Risk Management Authority’s decision to approve, with controls, its application to field test genetically modified radiata pine (Pinus radiata) in outdoor containment.“Scion’s role for New Zealand is to scientifically assess the commercial potential of new technologies for forestry. Our application was a logical extension of the research we are currently conducting under previous approvals,” says Group Manager Bioproduct Development Elspeth MacRae.Field trials are designed to provide proof of concept in a contained outdoor site that is similar ...

1/25/2011 1:54 pm  Read More  


Court challenges stall new biofuel crops
Cross-posted from Des Moines Register Trees have advantages as biofuel, but restrictions limit their use Trees have significant advantages as a feedstock for biofuels. Trees don't compete with food crops. Trees can be harvested at any time of the year, unlike grasses or crop residues, and trees can be grown on lands that are marginal for crops. However, the Obama administration isn't counting on wood as a major source of next-generation biofuels, mainly because of restrictions on where trees can be harvested for that use, according to USDA economist Harry Baumes.By 2022, refiners are required ...

1/25/2011 1:45 pm  Read More  


Range Fuels Closing Georgia Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
Cross-posted from Sustainable Business Cellulosic ethanol company Range Fuels is closing its Soperton, Georgia facility after completing it first batch of ethanol, according to story posted by Georgia Public Broadcasting. The firm, which has received more than $300 million dollars in state, federal and private funding, will lay off the majority of its workers and shutter operations, while it attempts to raise more money and address technical issues.  This is a big blow to the local economy and the cellulosic industry as a whole. Range Fuels broke ground on the facility in 2007, but operations did ...

1/25/2011 1:42 pm  Read More  


Monsanto's Roundup Triggers Over 40 Plant Diseases and Endangers Human and Animal Health
Note: So-called “RoundUp Readiness” is one of the traits being engineered into poplars and other trees to make them resistant to applications of Monsanto’s toxic herbicide Roundup.  As was exposed by Charles Benbrook, engineering crop plants to be resistant to RoundUp increased the use of the herbicide by 300%.  We can expect similar results if RoundUp Ready GE trees plantations are created. -GJEP Team _________________________________ Cross-posted from DrLeonardColdwell.com By Jeffrey M. Smith While visiting a seed corn dealer’s demonstration plots in Iowa last fall, Dr. Don Huber walked passed a soybean field and noticed a distinct line ...

1/17/2011 5:25 am  Read More  


A Step Toward Car Fuel From Wood Waste
Not everyone likes the idea of cellulosic ethanol.  For a list of the concerns about cellulosic ethanol, see our reports: GE Trees, Cellulosic Biofuels & Destruction of Forest Biodiversity at http://globaljusticeecology.org/publications.php?ID=296 and Wood-based Bioenergy: The Green Lie at http://globaljusticeecology.org/publications.php?ID=413 –GJEP Team ______________________________________________________ Cross-posted from the New York Times By MATTHEW L. WALD The Mascoma Corporation, which demonstrates cellulosic ethanol production at this site in Rome, N.Y., plans to break ground on a commercial biorefinery in Michigan Almost everybody likes the idea of cellulosic ethanol, or ethanol made from the nonfood portion of crops and from waste like wood scraps or paper. But ...

1/15/2011 2:25 pm  Read More  


The new biomassters and their assault on livelihoods
Jim Thomas 2010-10-07, Issue 499 http://pambazuka.org/en/category/features/67535  Watch out for the new biomass economy driven by large biotech, chemical, forestry and agribusiness companies, says Jim Thomas. The new biomassters are on a global looting spree of the world's natural resources to feed the consumption and capital accumulation of the industrialised North. Around the world, corporate and government strategies concerning climate change, energy, agriculture, technology and materials production are increasingly converging around one telling term: biomass. Biomass encompasses over 230 billion tonnes of living things [1] that the earth produces every year such as trees, bushes, grasses, algae, crops and microbes. This annual ...

1/15/2011 2:27 pm  Read More  


GE Trees: Los Alamos Nat'l Lab: Top 10 Tech Developments for 2010
Yet more news from the genetically engineered trees front: Scientists and industry are bound and determined to push ahead with dangerous technologies such as changing the lignin content in plants and trees. Lignin is the substance in tree and other plant cell walls that protects them from insects, disease, animal browsing, wind and other environmental stresses.  Once again no attention is being paid to the threats to forests and the environment should these technologies escape into the wild.  Based on their track record of “accidental” GMO escapes, there is a high certainty that this disaster ...

1/04/2011 12:08 pm  Read More  


The state of certification schemes in Europe
Another reason to oppose biofuels and wood-based bioenergy schemes--sustainability criteria already in place are failing to protest forests or forest peoples.  If genetically engineered trees are added to the mix--as industry intends to do, the results will be disastrous. --GJEP Team ________________________________________________ *More EU secrecy on agrofuel certification* Corporate Europe Observatory The European Commission continues its secrecy regarding the accreditation of voluntary schemes under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). At least eleven voluntary agrofuel accreditation schemes are currently seeking approval - but the EU Commission has refused to release details of which schemes and companies are involved. In October, CEO, ClientEarth, Friends ...

12/16/2010 2:34 pm  Read More  


Wednesday What's New: Genetically Engineered Trees
Please support the work of the STOP GE Trees Campaign to prevent the release of GE eucalyptus trees with a secure donation   by Heleigh Bostwick    Wednesday, 17 November 2010 First it was genetically engineered food crops, now it's tree plantations. On May 12, 2010 the USDA issued a permit to ArboGen that authorizes the experimental planting and flowering of a new, genetically engineered hybrid on 28 secret sites across seven southern states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas-- the first time genetically engineered trees would be allowed to produce flowers and seeds on the U.S. mainland. What's the ...

11/18/2010 1:38 pm  Read More  


War Over Monsanto Gets Ugly
NOTE: This article exposes the dangers of the supposedly benign herbicide glyphosate--marketed as "RoundUp" (Faena in Latin America).  "RoundUp Ready" trees, capable of withstanding large applications of the herbicide are already being developed.  It is expected that just as "RoundUP Ready" crops resulted in increased use of herbicides of up to 300%, "RoundUp Ready" trees will also lead to huge increases in the use of the herbicide on GE tree plantations--resulting in more contaminated water, polluted soils and dangerous impacts on the health of nearby communities.   ---Anne Petermann, STOP GE Trees Campaign Coordinator [Photo: Langelle/GJEP] War Over Monsanto Gets Ugly Tuesday 09 ...

11/10/2010 4:43 am  Read More  


Biofuel worse for climate than fossil fuel: study
Cross-posted from Reuters By Pete Harrison Sun Nov 7, 2010 6:03pm EST BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European plans to promote biofuels will drive farmers to convert 69,000 square km of wild land into fields and plantations, depriving the poor of food and accelerating climate change, a report warned on Monday. The impact equates to an area the size of the Republic of Ireland. As a result, the extra biofuels that Europe will use over the next decade will generate between 81 and 167 percent more carbon dioxide than fossil fuels, says the report. Nine environmental groups reached the conclusion after ...

11/09/2010 12:25 pm  Read More  


US Agency Refused to Publicize Escaped GMO Bentgrass
The article below illustrates yet another reason why it is so imperative to stop the large-scale release of genetically engineered invasive eucalyptus trees.  The USDA asks us to trust them to oversee GE eucalyptus when as this article points out, they are attempting to cover up the escape of another perennial plant--bentgrass.  We are part of a lawsuit against the USDA to stop the release of GE eucalyptus trees.To help us stop the large-scale release of GE eucalyptus trees, please donate securely online to the GJEP's STOP GE Trees CampaignThank you!  --GJEP Team--------------------------------------------------From the Dec 12th Capital Press: http://www.capitalpress.com/content/ml-bentgrass-111910Agencies refused to ...

11/15/2010 5:38 am  Read More  


Government Support For GE Trees Contradicts Clean Green Image
Cross-posted from Voxy.co.nz Today's Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) hearing at the Novotel Hotel in Rotorua to consider the application by Crown Research Institute Scion to field trial thousands of genetically engineered (GE) trees is a farce according to the Soil & Health Association of New Zealand. Government has put $10.8 million science funding into the project and with pro-GE forestry interests actively lobby's Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and international forums such as the Convention of Biological Diversity and the World Trade Organisation along with the USA, for acceptance of GE ...

11/09/2010 11:50 am  Read More  


ArborGen Joins Fray Over Engineered Eucalyptus Trees
By Samuel Howard, Law360, New York (October 21, 2010) -- ArborGen Inc. has intervened in a suit that seeks to shut down the company’s field-testing of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees on the grounds that the federal government's approval of the experimental plots didn't take into account environmental dangers.Judge K. Michael Moore of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Tuesday let ArborGen in on the action, given the fact that the company will have to cut down its experimental cold-tolerant eucalyptus trees if the plaintiffs prevail in overturning the planting permits.The Center for Biological Diversity and other ...

10/23/2010 11:49 am  Read More  


Update on the Negotiations at COP-10: Will Biodiversity Survive the Process?
Note: Below is an update written by Anne Petermann on the negotiations at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity's Tenth Conference of the Parties (COP-10) in Nagoya, Japan.  It is followed by her intervention duing the negotiations on "Biofuels and Biodiversity" that she delivered on October 21st. –The GJEP Team __________________________ (Photo caption: Anne Petermann today (21 October), speaks on behalf of Global Justice Ecology Project, in an intervention on Biofuels and Biodiversity at the UN CBD in Nagoya, Japan. Photo: Simone Lovera/GFC) –Anne Petermann, Global Justice Ecology Project Executive Director and North American Focal Point for the ...

10/21/2010 11:31 am  Read More  


(Bio)Mass Confusion
 Note: This article seems to argue that because biomass power is too expensive to compete with fossil fuels, it should be subsidized by the government. Contrary to the author’s assertion in the first paragraph, however, the world’s forests are not boundless, and are under greater and greater pressure to meet skyrocketing demands for everything from paper to ethanol to lumber to heating, and of course for wood-based electricity production.  Thus the rule of supply and demand applies.  Increasing demand on a shrinking resource means higher prices on that resource.  But that is not the real problem.  With these exponentially increasing demands ...

10/20/2010 12:23 pm  Read More  


European Union bio-energy targets cause biodiversity loss
from Global Forest Coalition  (Español debajo)   Nagoya, Japan, 18 October 2010 -Environmental and social justice groups warn that incentives for wood-based bio-energy will trigger dramatic biodiversity loss, as forests and grasslands are converted to monocultures.  The groups urge governments to immediately end subsidies and other support for bio energy production. Several studies [1] have confirmed that the current target to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010 has not been met. Present policies have failed to halt habitat-loss and reduce pressures on species and ecosystems. While tougher actions are needed, the Global Forest Coalition [2] warns that policies allowing an increase in the use of bio-energy will inflict more ...

10/18/2010 10:37 am  Read More  


Top 10 for COP 10
Note: Global Justice Ecology Project is a member of the CBD Alliance Seeking 'Biodiversity Justice' Civil Society Releases Top 10 Concerns at UN Convention on Biological Diversity Nagoya, October 13, 2010.   The CBD Alliance (Convention on Biological Diversity Alliance) has released a briefing highlighting ten of civil society's most pressing concerns to be discussed at the upcoming 10th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.   Almost all of the world's governments will gather in Nagoya, Japan to debate, negotiate, and hopefully take decisive action for life - both human and non-human ...

10/14/2010 1:59 pm  Read More  


BIOTECH: Modified-salmon fight showcases risks, rewards of engineering wild species
NOTE: This article provides a fairly comprehensive overview of the inevitable risks of escape of GMOs into the wild.  The article first addresses the risks of the soon-to-be-marketed GMO salmon, but also get into the risks of ArborGen's GE eucalyptus trees.  Scientists admit that escape of these GE eucalyptus is inevitable if they are commercially released.  The STOP GE Trees Campaign is committed to ensuring this does not happen. Please support this critical work to protect forests and communities from GE trees with a donation today.Thank you!     Cross-posted from E&E News Paul Voosen, E&E reporter Even on a high, dry plateau in central ...

10/07/2010 4:53 am  Read More  


Stop the Extermination of Biodiversity-- Stop Genetically Engineered trees
Open letter to participants at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention (COP X) on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the 5th Meeting of the Parties of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (MOP V) to be held in Nagoya, Japan in October 2010   Stop the Extermination of Biodiversity-- Stop Genetically Engineered trees   The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) born out of the 1992 Earth Summit, was supposed to provide an international legal instrument to ensure the protection of biodiversity—recognized as an invaluable global asset for the survival of present and future generations. It was supposed to recognize the need ...

10/07/2010 12:24 pm  Read More  


ArborGen Plans IPO to Raise Cash for Modified-Tree Development
Note: Apparently someone forgot to mention to ArborGen that Monsanto's global monopolization of seeds has been a social and ecological disaster.  The mass-marketing of GE trees will be far worse. By Jack Kaskey - Oct 1, 2010 (Cross posted from Bloomberg News) ArborGen Inc., the U.S. developer of genetically modified forest trees, plans to raise as much as $75 million in an initial public offering of common shares to pay for facility upgrades and research.ArborGen, a joint venture of U.S. companies International Paper Co. and MeadWestvaco Corp. and New Zealand’s Rubicon Ltd., will use the proceeds to buy a new headquarters, manufacturing ...

10/04/2010 2:07 pm  Read More  


Genetically altered trees, plants could help counter global warming??
In the articles below, we once again find scientists attempting to advance their careers by suggesting that the best way to "save the planet" is by getting as far away from nature as possible.  In the first fantastical article, scientists argue that industrial scale plantations of GE trees could store enough carbon to help stop climate change.  This ignores several studies that have come before it.  One by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the World Resources Institute found that tree plantations only store 1/4 the carbon of native wild forests.  Another from Duke University found that trees do not ...

10/01/2010 3:26 am  Read More  


New Report Concludes Synthetic Biofuels Won't Help Solve the Climate Crisis
Cross-posted from Friends of the Earth International Synthetic biology (the manufacture of completely synthetic organisms for specific functions) is one of the key components of transforming the cellulose locked in trees into liquid fuels.  The other component is engineering the trees themselves to be more easily digested.  There is even research going on to engineer trees with special enzymes in them that actually enable the tree to start to digest itself prior to harvest. These researchers have no concern for the unprecedented threats these so-called “scientific advances” will have on the natural world if they escape.  Because genetically engineered trees would ...

10/01/2010 2:07 pm  Read More  


Insecticides from GE corn present in adjacent streams
This is yet another wake up call as to the potential dangers of genetically engineered trees.  In the US, research is being done to develop genetically engineered insect resistant pines, poplars and other trees.  These trees have been found to exude the Bt toxin through their roots into the soil.   Forests have a much more delicate and intricate relationship with water than corn fields. For this reason, the escape of the Bt trait from GE pines and poplars into wild forests, and hence, into watersheds, is a serious concern when looking at the proposed future commercial release of GE ...

9/28/2010 3:50 am  Read More  


New Video Released on Dangers of Tree Plantations and GE trees
Global Justice Ecology Project, Dogwood Alliance and the STOP GE Trees Campaign released a new 5 minute video on the dangers of industrial-scale timber plantations and genetically engineered trees. To view the video, click here To sign the petition against genetically engineereed trees, click here ...

9/21/2010 10:52 am  Read More  


China's great green wall grows in climate fight
“Reforestation” in China? Regarding the Guardian article below, this “reforestation” in China is largely being done with massive-scale industrial tree plantations.  In some regions, these include poplars genetically engineered for Bt insect resistance–which was started in 2001 with help from the UN.  In 2004 the Nanjing Institute for Environmental Science reported that these poplars were already contaminating native poplars. This is a grand experiment in forestry-gone-amok.  Restoring native forests is what is needed, not massive water-intensive, soil depleting, biodiversity-less monoculture tree plantations.  Ironically, the reason the Bt trees were developed was because the huge monoculture poplar plantations were being heavily damaged by ...

9/24/2010 11:15 am  Read More  


Groundbreaking study shows Roundup link to birth defects
The use of Roundup Ready GMO crops has contributed to a massive increase in the use of the toxic herbicide glyphosate–the active ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp.  Trees are also being genetically engineered for tolerance to RoundUp leading to a possible new wave of toxic contamination in non-agricultural areas. –GJEP Team Cross posted from GM Watch International scientists confirm dangers of Roundup at GMO-Free Regions Conference in BrusselsBrussels 16 September 2010     Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the world's best-selling weedkiller Roundup, causes malformations in frog and chicken embryos at doses far lower than those used in agricultural spraying and well below maximum residue ...

9/16/2010 3:14 am  Read More  


Sustainable on paper: the eucalyptus plantations of Bahia, Brazil
This article provides a stark warning about the dangers of eucalyptus plantations.  Eucalyptus plantations in Brazil have, according to this article, taken over all but 4% of the once expansive Mata Atlantica forest ecosystem.  They are heavily sprayed with toxic herbicides and pesticides and are rapidly expanding onto more and more land every year. The article is relevant to those of us based in the U.S. because of plans by GE Tree company ArborGen, headed up by Barbara Wells (who formerly led Monsanto's Roundup Ready soy division in Brazil), to bring the disaster of eucalyptus plantations here to the U.S. South ...

9/09/2010 12:12 pm  Read More  


Could eucalyptus trees be the kudzu of the 2010s?
from the Charlotte Observer: Could eucalyptus trees be the kudzu of the 2010s?Don't encourage more invasive plants; even the experts can err.Posted: Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010There was a time in the South when planting kudzu was not viewed as botanical vandalism, but as a community-spirited gesture. The vine, imported from Asia, was intended to control erosion and provide forage for livestock.Some things just don't work out.Today kudzu is an invasive pest throughout the South, where it can grow up to a foot a day. It smothers trees, houses and if you move too slowly it might even smother you. Pretty much ...

9/02/2010 4:25 am  Read More  


Scion Seeks Big Field Test of GE Pine Trees
Source: Hawke's Bay Today, New Zealand An environmental watchdog is calling for public submissions on a plan to field test genetically-engineered pine trees ``in containment'' at Rotorua. Submissions close on October 6, the Environmental Risk Management Authority (Erma) said today. State science company Scion wants to test genes influencing plant growth, reproductive development, herbicide tolerance, biomass utilisation, wood density and stability, in 4000 trees on a four hectare site. The field test will last for 25 years, though each tree will be grown only for a maximum of eight years. Scion said today the trees would not be allowed to release pollen or seed, though ...

8/26/2010 12:36 pm  Read More  


Charlotte Observer: Groups Oppose GE Eucalyptus Trees
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/08/19/1630893/groups-oppose-genetically-engineered.html By Bruce Hendersonbhenderson@charlotteobserver.com Posted: Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010 Environmentalists are challenging the plans of a S.C.-based biotechnology firm to grow genetically engineered eucalyptus trees in the South, saying the fast-growing Australian species could spread uncontrollably.ArborGen LLC won federal permits in May to plant 330 acres of a eucalyptus hybrid in South Carolina and six other states. The test sites include Marlboro County, S.C., about 75 miles southeast of Charlotte.Genetic engineering speeds up the tedious cross-breeding that farmers have used for centuries to boost desirable traits in crops and livestock.Summerville, S.C.-based ArborGen, a partnership of the International Paper, MeadWestvaco and Rubicon Limited paper ...

8/19/2010 11:35 am  Read More  


USDA Approves Genetically Modified Trees For Trial Planting
Cross-posted from GMO Journal - Food Safety Politics By Deniza Gertsberg On May 12th, 2010, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (”APHIS”) approved for continued field tests the planting of genetically modified eucalyptus trees in seven states, stretching from Florida to Texas. Conducting only an Environmental Assessment (”EA”), and not an Environmental Impact Statement (”EIS”), the USDA claimed that the field trials, which would involve more than 200,000 of GM eucalyptus trees planted on 28 sites, covering 300 acres, would cause no environmental impact. An EA is a concise public document that briefly provides evidence and ...

10/12/2010 12:49 pm  Read More  


GM crop escapes into the American wild
Transgenic canola found growing freely in North Dakota. by Natasha Gilbert (cross posted from NatureNews) If GM crops with herbicide resistance spread beyond farmland, they could become problematic weeds. A genetically modified (GM) crop has been found thriving in the wild for the first time in the United States. Transgenic canola is growing freely in parts of North Dakota, researchers told the Ecological Society of America conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, today. The scientists behind the discovery say this highlights a lack of proper monitoring and control of GM crops in the United States. US farmers have dramatically increased their use of ...

8/12/2010 12:05 pm  Read More  


Reforestation projects capture more carbon than industrial plantations, reveals new research
Australian scientists researching environmental restoration projects have found that the reforestation of damaged rainforests is more efficient at capturing carbon than controversial softwood monoculture plantations. The research, published in Ecological Management & Restoration, challenges traditional views on the efficiency of industrial monoculture plantations. "Carbon markets have become a potential source of funding for restoration projects as countries and corporations seek the cheapest way to reduce carbon emissions", said Dr John Kanowski from the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. "However, there is a concern that this funding will encourage single species monoculture plantations instead of diverse reforestation projects, due to the widely held belief ...

8/09/2010 12:48 pm  Read More  


GE Trees for computer chips??
Yet more bizarre news from the scifi world of genetically engineered trees:   Poplar Science: Custom Proteins Drawn from Genetically Engineered Trees Expand Silicon Chips' Memory Capacity In the future, we won't need rare-earth elements to make powerful computers. We can use poplar trees. Engineers in Israel have figured out how to use protein molecules from poplars to improve computer memory. The technique uses silica nanoparticles combined with poplar proteins, according to researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The nano-poplar approach marks a new way to miniaturize memory elements while also increasing capacity, according to a university news release. The findings were published ...

7/22/2010 1:02 pm  Read More  


GE trees "could cause ecological disaster"
There is a warning of an ecological disaster, if plans to field trial genetically modified pine trees go ahead. Crown Research Institute Scion has made an application for the trial. It wants to plant a new strain of pine trees which have been genetically engineered to grow faster. GE Free New Zealand claims Scion is deliberately ignoring the threat the trial poses to the country's ecosystem. Spokeswoman Claire Bleakley said the application claims pine pollen can only travel 300 centimetres, but research over a long period of time shows pine pollen can actually spread up to 60 kilometres. She said it would be a disaster ...

7/23/2010 1:12 pm  Read More  


ArborGen (US) and Scion (NZ) Make Agreement re: GE Trees
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. and ROTORUA, New Zealand, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- ArborGen, LLC and New Zealand Crown Research Institute Scion have agreed to extend their multi-million dollar partnership in gene discovery and molecular breeding for forest trees. Begun in 2006, the partnership has been successful in identifying gene-traits associated with wood quality improvements in pine. The partnership has identified more than one hundred new genes to test in Loblolly Pine research being conducted at ArborGen. "Our ongoing partnership with Scion brings together two leaders in forestry biotechnology, creating exciting synergies for breakthrough ...

7/15/2010 12:06 pm  Read More  


New Zealand's Scion to seek approval for new GE trees
NOTE: U.S. GE Tree developer ArborGen has made an agreement with Scion to work together on GE tree projects.  For more on this, go to: ArborGen Renews Agreement with Scion to Advance Biomaterials Development and Forest Productivity  Tuesday, July 13, 2010 Source: Otago Daily Times   State science company Scion Research is putting together an application for genetic engineering of forestry trees which it hopes will lead to traits such as faster-growing trees.The project -- to involve as many as 4000 trees -- is expected to go to new organisms regulator the Environmental Risk Management Authority (Erma) in the next few months."There is huge ...

7/15/2010 11:59 am  Read More  


Huffington Post: Supreme Court Case a Defeat for Monsanto's Ambitions
The Huffington PostJune 21, 2010Supreme Court Case a Defeat for Monsanto's Ambitionsby Andrew KimbrellExecutive Director of the Center for Food SafetyIt should be no surprise that Monsanto's PR machine is working hard to spin the truth in this morning's decision in the first-ever Supreme Court case on genetically engineered crops (Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farms). Despite what the biotech seed giant is claiming, today's ruling isn't close to the victory they were hoping for. The 7-1 decision issued today by the Supreme Court was on the appeal of the Center for Food Safety's (CFS) successful suit, which resulted in a ban ...

6/22/2010 1:18 pm  Read More  


SUPREME COURT ruling in monsanto CASE is victory for Center for Food Safety, Farmers
NOTE from Global Justice Ecology Project: This case is of major importance and a big victory for stopping the commercial release of genetically engineered trees--particularly the ruling that genetic contamination is sufficient environmental form of harm to raise court challenges.   Contacts:             George Kimbrell, Center for Food Safety, 415-826-2770, c: 571-527-8618John Bianchi, Goodman Media, 212-576-2700, c: 917-693-4290  SUPREME COURT ruling in monsanto CASE is victory for Center for Food Safety, Farmers High Court Delivers Ruling That Leaves Ban on Planting of Roundup Ready Alfalfa in Place in First-Ever Case on a Genetically-engineered Crop Washington, DC June 21, 2010 – The Center for Food Safety today ...

6/21/2010 4:01 am  Read More  


Applications of Micro and Nanotechnology in Paper Manufacturing (with GE Trees)
Abstract:Summary of presentation made by Dr Mahendra Patel in the Seminar, explaining that Paper Industry could be a fertile ground for cultivation of Nanotechnology as the basic constituent of raw materials is cellulose- a glucoside chain with hydrogen molecules, which are of nano dimensions. Many new products and processes developed or under development thorugh Nanotechnology were discussed by Dr Patel.Applications of Micro and Nanotechnology in Paper ManufacturingSingapore | Posted on June 21st, 2010Applications of Micro and Nanotechnology in Paper Manufacturing, a paper presented by Dr Mahendra Patel in Senior Management Seminar, in PaperAsia-2010, organized by UBM Trade Fairs, Singapore on ...

6/21/2010 11:03 am  Read More  


Net Benefits of Biomass Power Under Scrutiny
NOTE from Global Justice Ecology Project:  In addition to the threats from wood-based agroenergy that are listed below in this article, are the threats from genetically engineered tree plantations developed specifically to feed these agroenergy plants.  ArborGen, the GE trees company, projects selling half a billion GE eucalyptus seedlings annually for planting across the US South in plantations developed for agroenergy production. The threats from these GE eucalyptus trees include wildfires, depletion of ground water, escape into native forests, clearcutting of native forests to make room for the plantations, as well as threats to human health.   From the New York Times, 18 ...

6/21/2010 10:53 am  Read More  


Genetically Engineered Trees Coming To Georgia
By Josephine BennettJune 8, 2010 Georgia Public BroadcastingEVANS COUNTY, Ga.  —    Australian Eucalyptus tree (photo courtesy University of California Santa Cruz)Environmentalists worry that a new genetically-engineered tree could be bad for Georgia’s forests.South Carolina based ArborGen uses genetic engineering to grow more trees. They received USDA approval to plant 28 plots of their hybrid eucalyptus in a handful of southern states including Georgia. The tree will be planted in Evans County near Augusta. The trees are grown from tissue samples and are supposed to be sterile, but there are no guarantees.David Moorehead with UGA’s Center for Invasive Species says the ...

6/10/2010 12:22 pm  Read More  


Europe's Green Energy Portfolio Up in Smoke?
(note: this article was the result of a Genetically Engineered Trees and Bioenergy awareness-raising tour through Europe that was co-sponsored by Global Justice Ecology Project, Global Forest Coalition, BiofuelWatch and Friends of the Earth.  Wood-based bioenergy is one of the demands for wood that is driving the development of genetically engineered trees.)   By Stephen Leahy BERLIN, Jun 7, 2010 (IPS) - Europe seems hell-bent on burning the world's forests for bioenergy, even as it offers billions of euros to save them, critics say.The dirty secret of Europe's vaunted green energy revolution is the fact that 68.5 percent ...

6/09/2010 12:33 pm  Read More  


Paper Industry Tests Genetically Altered Trees
By MITCH STACY, Associated Press Writer June 7, 2010 TAMPA, Fla. - The commercial paper industry's plans to plant forests of genetically altered eucalyptus trees in seven Southern states have generated more cries from critics worried that such a large introduction of a bioengineered nonnative plant could throw natural ecosystems out of whack. ArborGen, a biotechnology venture affiliated with three large paper companies, got U.S. Department of Agriculture approval last month for field trials involving as many as 250,000 trees planted at 29 sites during the next few years. Much smaller lots of the genetically altered trees have been growing ...

6/07/2010 11:38 am  Read More  


U.S. Clears a Test of Bioengineered Trees
Federal regulators gave clearance Wednesday for a large and controversial field test of genetically engineered trees planned for seven states stretching from Florida to Texas.       The test is meant to see if the trees, eucalyptuses with a foreign gene meant to help them withstand cold weather, can become a new source of wood for pulp and paper, and for biofuels, in the Southern timber belt. Eucalyptus trees generally cannot now be grown north of Florida because of occasional freezing spells.            The Agriculture Department, in an environmental assessment issued Wednesday, said no environmental problems would be caused by the field trial, which ...

5/13/2010 2:09 pm  Read More  


USDA Approves Release of GE Eucalyptus
USDA Approves ArborGen Request to Plant 260,000 Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees Across US South Note: Below you will find the Federal Register Notice of the USDA's decision to approve the mass-release of GE eucalyptus trees.  We were anticipating this approval based on the USDA's record of approving the release of GMOs into the environment.  The STOP GE Trees Campaign is now preparing our next steps. To sign the petition opposing the mass-planting of GE trees, please go to: http://www.globaljusticeecology.org/petition.php For more information on the dangers of GE eucalyptus, please see the campaign website at http://nogetrees.org To join the "frankentrees" informational listserve for updates on GE ...

5/12/2010 1:16 pm  Read More  


New Studies Expose Potential Risks of GMO Trees
Washington, DC-- While the U.S. Supreme Court hears its first-ever case involving a genetically modified organism, alarms are sounding over the proposed planting of more than a quarter of a million genetically engineered (GE) eucalyptus trees in the U.S., and transgenic trees are being globally condemned.   On April 27, the Supreme Court began to hear a case challenging a ban on the planting of a genetically engineered perennial alfalfa.  The ban was implemented due to concerns about escape and contamination, and the inability of U.S. regulators to protect the public. [1]   In April, Reuters released a report exposing the fact that U.S. ...

5/04/2010 1:05 pm  Read More  


Comments to USDA on Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus
The following PDF contains the comments submitted by the attorneys at the Center for Food Safety to the USDA in January of this year regarding the request by ArborGen to plant 260,000 GE cold-tolerant eucalyptus trees across seven states in the Southern U.S. We recently learned that ArborGen responded to our GE eucalyptus action alert on their website.  We provide these comments as an in-depth response as to the problems with the ArborGen proposal. For further questions, please email info@globaljusticeecology.org.  CFS comments on GE Eucalyptus 2009.pdf ...

4/30/2010 10:54 am  Read More  


Genetically Modified Soy Linked to Sterility, Infant Mortality
Yet another nail in the coffin for GMOs, and another reason why we cannot allow genetically engineered trees to be released into the environment.  These trees have not been independently tested for safety and the potential unintended consequences could be quite severe--both for forest health and for human health.By Jeffrey M. SmithFrom Huffington Post April 20, 2010 "This study was just routine," said Russian biologist Alexey V. Surov, in what could end up as the understatement of this century. Surov and his colleagues set out to discover if Monsanto's genetically modified (GM) soy, grown on 91% of US soybean fields, ...

4/21/2010 11:34 am  Read More  


US Regulators Dropping the Ball on GMO Plants
As we await the decision of the USDA APHIS on the ArborGen proposal to plant 260,000 genetically engineered eucalyptus trees throughout the Southern U.S., the following report raises some serious red flags about the ability of APHIS to handle this task.  Among other things the report raises the conern that "the U.S. government conducts no independent testing of these biotech crops before they are approved, and does little to track their consequences after."Please support our work to keep genetically engineered trees out of the environment.Thank you!Anne PetermannCoordinator, STOP GE Trees CampaignSpecial Report: Are regulators dropping the ball on ...

4/13/2010 1:00 pm  Read More  


Study Warns of Overuse of GMO Crops
WASHINGTON -- Many U.S. farmers who grow genetically engineered (GE) crops are realizing substantial economic and environmental benefits -- such as lower production costs, fewer pest problems, reduced use of pesticides, and better yields -- compared with conventional crops, says a new report from the National Research Council. However, GE crops resistant to ...

4/13/2010 2:27 pm  Read More  


THE INVASION OF GENETICALLY-ENGINEERED EUCALYPTUS
Thursday, August 6, 2009  Posted by Jim Hightower Here's a great idea: Let's bring into our country a genetically-engineered, non-native tree that is known to be wildly invasive, explosively flammable, and insatiably thirsty for ground water. Then let's clone thousands of these living firecrackers and plant them in forested regions across seven Southern states, allowing them to grow, flower, produce seeds, and spread into native environments. Yes, this would be irresponsible, dangerous, and stupid - but apparently "Irresponsible, Dangerous, and Stupid" is the unofficial ...

4/05/2010 2:05 pm  Read More  


Genetically Modified Forest Planned for U.S. Southeast
By PAUL VOOSEN of Greenwire Genetic engineering is coming to the forests. While the practice of splicing foreign DNA into food crops has become common in corn and soy, few companies or researchers have dared to apply genetic engineering to plants that provide an essential strut of the U.S. economy, trees. But that will soon change. Two industry giants, International Paper Co. and MeadWestvaco Corp., are planning to transform plantation forests of the southeastern United States ...

4/01/2010 3:55 am  Read More  


Gone with the wind: far-flung pine pollen still potent miles from the tree
DURHAM, North Carolina -- When forest biologist Claire Williams boardsferries bound for North Carolina's Outer Banks, the barrier islandsthat line the NC coast, the ferry captains call her the "Pollen Lady."Each spring from 2006 to 2009, Williams traveled back and forth fromthe islands to the mainland, collecting pine pollen blown faroffshore. She wanted to find out if pollen from the loblolly pine -the most commonly planted tree in the southern United States - canstill germinate after drifting long distances.The answer could have profound implications if and when the USDAapproves transgenic trees. "Long-distance dispersal of transgenic pinepollen is a potential problem ...

4/06/2010 4:13 am  Read More  


Seeing the forest for the test-tube trees By: Daniel Strain, special to mongabay.com
Paper manufacturers and environmentalists seem to be reliving Robert Frost's age-old dilemma caused by two roads diverging in the woods. Proponents of genetically engineered trees say the road they've chosen will lead to trees capable of weathering freezing temperatures and disease -- trees that can grow more efficiently on less land and possibly serve as a cheap source of biofuel. In addition, supporters say, genetic engineering holds the possibility of bringing some trees back from the brink of extinction. But critics in the environmental community say the path chosen by ...

1/18/2010 1:39 pm  Read More  


Urgent Action Alert: Help Us STOP GMO Eucalyptus Trees!
Urgent Update: The USDA has reopened the comment period for their Environmental Assessment of ArborGen's proposal to plant 260,000 genetically engineered eucalyptus trees across the Southern U.S.  Comments are needed by 18 February to oppose this dangerous and destructive plan.  Click Here to sign on to the public comment letter.  More information below:Release of Dangerous Genetically Engineered (GE) Eucalyptus Trees Threatens U.S. Forests/ Communities.ACTION NEEDED BY 18 February!  Tell the USDA NO WAY to ArborGen's Eucalyptus FrankentreesIn an unprecedented move toward commercial large-scale release of GE forest trees in the United States, ArborGen is petitioning the U.S. government for permission ...

1/20/2010 5:36 am  Read More  


International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations
Photo: Rubber plantation, Champasak province, Laos--courtesy Chris Lang.Click here to read the declaration See "Myth Busters" piece below press release for section on GE trees written by GJEP Executive Director Anne Petermann.Press release                                                                     21 September 2009 Thousands call for a halt to the expansion of monoculture tree plantationsIn 2004, organizations struggling against the expansion of large-scale tree plantations declared 21 September as International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations. Since then, organizations throughout the world carry out actions on this date to raise awareness about this issue. This year, a group of people from several organizations ...

9/21/2009 1:00 pm  Read More  


Take Action to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees Now!
Tell ArborGen to get their GE eucalyptus trees out of the U.S. South and off the planet!ArborGen wants their genetically engineered eucalyptus franken-trees growing all over the Southern US.  As Jim Hightower pointed out in his commentary today [see below] , these GE eucalyptus are "wildly invasive, explosively flammable, and insatiably thirsty for ground water."Call Barbara Wells, President and CEO of ArborGen:            +1 843.851.4129 phone     +1 843.832.2164 fax   contact@arborgen.comBarbara Well was formerly the co-Managing Director of Monsanto-Brazil  and is a Board Member for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)   Sign onto our letter to the USDA demanding they reject ...

8/14/2009 6:12 am  Read More  


POLICE EXPELS MST FROM AREA OF VERACEL CELULOSE- from Alert against the Green Desert Network-Bahia
BRAZIL--1.200 families of the Movement of Rural Landless Workers (MST) were expelled in the afternoon of Wednesday (22/07) from the Farm Putumuju/Barrinha in the municipality of Eunapolis, Bahia, after 105 days of occupation in an area with devolutas lands of the company Veracel Celulose, property of Aracruz Celulose and the Swedish-Finnish multinational Stora Enso.In Bahia, Veracel uses about 20 thousand of hectares of devolutas lands for the plantation of eucalyptus. According to the prevailing legislation, these lands should be retaken by the state of Bahia and destined to ...

8/14/2009 5:52 am  Read More  


Public Overwhelmingly Rejects Genetically Engineered Trees
Photo: Researchers at Oregon State University are doing numerous experiments with genetically modified poplar trees.STOP GE Trees Campaign Hinesburg, VT (U.S.)--Nearly 17,500 public comments were sent to the US Department of Agriculture opposing their recommendation for approval of an ArborGen [1] proposal to plant over a quarter of a million genetically engineered (GE) eucalyptus trees.  Only 39 favorable comments were received by the USDA. If allowed, the plantings would take place on 330 acres ...

7/17/2009 5:53 am  Read More  


Forest Biotechnology Strangled At Birth?
In the June issue of Nature Biotechnology, GE tree researchers complain that international regulation is impeding their ability to conduct research into genetically engineered trees.  Global Justice Ecology Project, home to the STOP GE Trees Campaign, is featured as one of the biggest obstacles to their dreams of vast expanses of GMO tree clones growing in all corners of the planet.  To download the full article, you must first go to: "Strangled at Birth"  ...

7/23/2009 1:59 pm  Read More  


Urgent Alert! Help Stop 260,000 GE Trees from being planted in U.S.!
Photo: Eucalyptus plantations in South Africa go on as far as the eye can see.  Escaped eucalyptus trees are found widely outside of the plantations.  Photo: Petermann/ GJEPDangerous Genetically Engineered (GE) Eucalyptus Trees on Fast-Track to Large-Scale Release in the U.S.ACTION NEEDED BY 6 JULY!  Tell the USDA NO WAY to ArborGen's Eucalyptus FrankentreesIn an unprecedented move toward commercial large-scale release of GE forest trees in the United States, GE tree giant ArborGen is petitioning the U.S. government to be allowed to plant an estimated 260,000 flowering GE eucalyptus trees [1] across seven southern U.S. states on ...

6/12/2009 3:52 am  Read More  


GJEP GE Trees/plantations interview--Living on Earth
Anne Petermann speaks to UN delegates about the social and ecological impacts of GE trees during the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Curitiba, Brazil in March 2006.  Photo: Langelle-GJEPAt the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in May in New York City, Anne Petermann, Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project and North American Focal Point for Global Forest Coalition, spoke with host Bruce Gellerman of National Public Radio's Living on Earth about the negative impacts of Genetically Engineered (GE) Trees (also called Genetically Modified trees) and monoculture tree plantations.The interview, played across the United States, which airs between May ...

6/10/2009 1:36 pm  Read More  


Belgium protested by Indigenous Peoples in New York
Participants from the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Protest Belgium for their recent planting of a genetically engineered test plot.  Photo: Langelle/GJEP-GFCA Joint Release from Global Forest Coalition, Global Justice Ecology Project and the STOP GE Trees CampaignFor Immediate Release                                          22 May 2009 Belgium Permanent Mission Protested by Attendees of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous IssuesProtesters Insist Genetically Engineered Poplar Trees Planted by Belgium be RemovedNew York, New York--Today on International Biodiversity Day, Indigenous Peoples Organizations along with several Non-Governmental Organizations held a protest against genetically engineered trees in front of the Belgian Permanent ...

5/22/2009 7:37 am  Read More  


Biotech Trees in Belgium Condemned
Amsterdam, The Netherlands--Organizations internationally are condemning the planting of a highly controversial field trial of GE poplar trees on 6 May by The Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB).  The poplars, planted in the Belgian countryside, have been genetically engineered for altered lignin content specifically for the production of agrofuels (industrial-scale biofuels). [1]"Genetically engineered low-lignin poplar trees are a disaster waiting to happen," stated Dr. Miguel Lovera in Paraguay, chairperson of the Netherlands-based Global Forest Coalition.  "Poplars include thirty species that grow in a range of climates from subalpine in Northern Europe and Canada to subtropical areas in the south.  They ...

5/11/2009 1:08 pm  Read More  


Women's Day 2009 shows solidarity against monoculture tree plantations
"The women used fuel, paint and termites to 'combat' the cellulose."  foto: Divulgação / Aracruz CeluloseFrom Via Campesina's action in Brazil, to Chavez's choice to use tree plantation land for food crops, Women's Day 2009 on 8 March demonstrated a united front in halting the expansion of monoculture tree plantations worldwide.   For more information, read the following articles:Women of the Via Campesina occupy export harbor of Aracruz Celulose In the early morning of this Monday (09/03), about 1,300 women of the Via Campesina from the states of Espirito Santo, Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro ...

4/22/2009 5:00 am  Read More  


Waiting for Verdict in Belgium on the GE Tree Front - The following is industry propaganda:
Belgium's Council of State suspends refusal of VIB's GM poplar field trial Monday, January 5, 2009*GHENT, Belgium - The Council of State has consigned the federal ministers Magnette and Onkelinx' decision to refuse a permit for a field trial with genetically modified poplars to the wastepaper basket. These poplars are intended for the sustainable production of biofuels. The Council of State rules that the refusal causes severe damage to VIB as an institute, and that the arguments used are not legal. The refusal has now been suspended, awaiting a verdict to all intents and purposes.*In its ...

1/07/2009 4:35 pm  Read More  


ArborGen focuses on South America for eucalyptus genetic studies
This MST camp in Espirito Santo, Brazil was established after the MST reclaimed the land from an Aracruz Cellulose eucalyptus plantation.  The banner reads "Eucalyptus Plantations are not Forests." Photo: Langelle/GJEPSAO PAULO, Dec. 23, 2008 (RISI) - ArborGen aims to market its first genetically modified eucalyptus by 2012 as soon as Brazilian legislation approves the cultivation and commercialization of these products. Established in Campinas, São Paulo state, southeast Brazil, in 2004, the global company is working with pulp and paper producers from Brazil, Chile and Uruguay.ArborGen currently tests genetically modified eucalyptus as well as regular pine clones. "We're focusing on ...

1/05/2009 1:41 pm  Read More  


Plantations Are Not Forests
For Immediate Release - 11 December 2008Español debajo Groups unite to challenge the definition of forests under UNFCCC/REDDPoznan, Poland (UN Climate Conference)--Global Forest Coalition, The Wilderness Society,  World Rainforest Movement, Global Justice Ecology Project,  Via Campesina, the International Youth Delegation and the STOP GE Trees Campaign united today to challenge the UN/REDD definition of forests.Currently the UN considers industrial tree plantations as forests.  This is, simply put, an egregious error.  Plantations are not forests.  Forests are diverse ecosystems and plantations are void of biodiversity.  The UN definition endangers Indigenous Peoples, forest dependent people, peasants, small farmers, biodiversity and exacerbates climate ...

12/19/2008 3:36 am  Read More  


Overwhelming Opposition to GE Papaya
For Immediate Release - November 20, 2008 - U.S. Groups, Businesses and Organic Farmers Overwhelmingly Oppose Engineered Papaya  Organizations came together with scientists, businesses, organic farmers, bee keepers and others [1] to oppose a U.S. Department of Agriculture proposal to allow the commercialization of genetically engineered (GE) papaya trees in Florida. Over 12,000 people opposed the commercialization while only 17 people submitted statements supporting the commercialization of GE papaya.The STOP GE Trees Campaign, which initiated the call ...

4/21/2009 8:51 am  Read More  


GE Tree Research: A Country by Country Overview
WRM Briefing, November 2008  Research on genetically engineered trees is being, or has been, carried out in a number of countries, but the public is either unaware about this or has been led to believe that this is a positive scientific development for the "improvement" of trees.   People in those countries were never been asked to give their free, prior and informed consent to such dangerous research. For that to be possible, the first necessary step was to be adequately informed, but that has never happened. In order to try to fill that information  ...

11/25/2008 4:34 am  Read More  


Help Stop GE Papaya Trees in Florida!
This Action Alert is a cooperative effort of the STOP GE Trees Campaign and its affiilliated groups: www.nogetrees.org COMMENTS NEEDED BY NOVEMBER 3 TO STOP GE PAPAYA IN FLORIDA! Help stop the commercial planting of genetically engineered papayas in Florida and the mainland US -- the first major cultivated GE tree on the US mainland. The US Department of Agriculture is accepting public comments between now and November 3, 2008 on a petition that would allow commercial growing and marketing of the first genetically engineered (GE) papaya trees on mainland US soil. If approved, this would remove all regulatory oversight of this GE variety by ...

11/25/2008 4:33 am  Read More  


Fishermen/-women close export harbor of Aracruz Cellulose
A note from Global Justice Ecology Project:Aracruz Cellulose owns vast expanses of eucalyptus plantations in Brazil that have been the target of protest by indigenous and peasant communities for many years due to the enormous quantities of both land and water required by these plantations.  Aracruz is currently developing genetically engineered eucalyptus trees for future plantations in Brazil.Fishermen/-women close export harbor of Aracruz CelluloseLast Friday, 10 October 2008, more than 100 fishermen/-women of the Association of Fishermen/-women of Barra do Riacho and Barra do Sahy, - ASPEBR, closed the access by land to the private harbor of Aracruz Celulose S.A. ...

10/14/2008 1:18 pm  Read More  


GE trees are not a solution for agrofuels and will be more destructive for the climate
Interview with Anne Peterman from the Global Justice Ecology Project, member of the Global Forest Coalition. A seminar called "Agrofuels will not answer to climate change" took place on Friday as part of the activities of the European Social Forum that is being held in Malmö, Sweden. Real World Radio interviewed Anne Peterman, one of the speakers of the seminar and campaigner of the Global Justice Ecology Project in the US, which is a member of the Global Forest Coalition. She spoke about second generation agrofuels and how genetically engineered trees are only about corporate ...

9/23/2008 5:10 am  Read More  


Biotech Industry Designs Nightmare Biofuels
PRESS RELEASE            SEPTEMBER 10, 2008        Biotech Industry Designs Nightmare BiofuelsVancouver conference to promote genetically engineered trees for fuelVancouver, BC, Canada - Today in Vancouver, major biotechnology corporations are meeting at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) conference to chart the use of genetically engineered (GE) crops and trees, as well as synthetic biology and nanotechnology, for fuel. The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) and the STOP GE Trees Campaign are here with Greenpeace and the Society for a GE Free BC to oppose these "nightmare biofuels". [1]"The biotechnology industry has pounced on the tremendous hype over biofuels to ...

4/21/2009 8:55 am  Read More  


International Biochar Conference Uses False Claims to Promote Dangerous Technology in the name of Climate Change Mitigation
Joint Press Release by Global Forest Coalition, Biofuelwatch (UK) and Global Justice Ecology ProjectCampaigners today warn that an international conference on biochar, which will be held in Newcastle, UK from 8 to 10 September, will be misleading governments and the public with claims that biochar - a by-product of second generation agrofuel production - can curb climate change and improve soil fertility.The International Biochar Initiative (IBI), which is organising the conference, promotes the idea that disastrous climate change can be prevented of we use enormous amounts of biomass for bioenergy, obtaincharcoal as a byproduct and use that charcoal as a ...

9/08/2008 1:22 pm  Read More  


UN CBD Fails to Protect Forests from Genetically Engineered Trees
Bonn, Germany—Under heavy pressure from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, New Zealand and Australia, the Convention on Biological Diversity's Ninth Conference of the Parties failed to pass a moratorium on the release of genetically engineered trees into the environment despite support for a global ban endorsed by hundreds of organizations around the world, and the unified efforts to stop GE trees carried out by NGOs, Indigenous Peoples' Organizations, scientists and foresters present at the COP.The negotiations around the issue of GE trees ...

6/16/2008 3:03 am  Read More  


GJEP/ STOP GE Trees Campaign Interventions at UN Biodiversity Convention
The following five interventions were made by Co-Director Anne Petermann to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity's Ninth Conference of the Parties in support of a global ban on GE trees. The final intervention was never read since the President of the COP would not allow Petermann to speak.Intervention, 5/30/08Thank you Mr. President,I speak today on behalf of Global Forest Coalition, which is a coalition of NGOs and Indigenous Peoples Organizations from 6 continents, as well as Global Justice Ecology Project; and the STOP GE Trees Campaign, which includes 137 organizations in 34 countries around the world—including communities that will ...

6/16/2008 3:02 am  Read More  


Activists Symbolically Cut Frankentrees to Save Forests and Demand Ban on GE Trees
For more photos from the action, go to http://www.globaljusticeecology.org/gallery.php?catIDBonn, Germany--Activists today stepped up their campaign for a ban on genetically engineered trees when they symbolically cut Genetically Engineered frankentrees that attempted to invade a tree planting ceremony outside of the meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)."We came here to this event because this tree planting ceremony is representative of corporate green-washing initiatives pretending to protect biodiversity," said Peter Gerhardt of the German based group Robin Wood.  "The tree planting ceremony is symbolic of what industry is pushing--non-native, often invasive trees for monoculture timber plantations. If industry has ...

6/16/2008 3:02 am  Read More  


Women Tell Forest Industry: Plantations are Not Forests!
Rheinsches Landesmuseum, Bonn, Germany--On Friday evening, 23 May 2008, women from the Orange Bloc surprised the 'German Forestry Council Forest and Wood For a Future With Life of Quality Get Together' at their side event in the museum.  One by one, during a cocktail and appetizer party on the museum's roof, women stood on a chair and spoke out against monoculture timber plantations, genetically engineered trees and cellulosic ethanol.Although a few of the timber industry walked out, many others applauded and stayed on to talk with the women and other members of the Orange Bloc.Besides the Orange Bloc attendance at ...

6/16/2008 3:01 am  Read More  


Governments Prioritize Forest Exploitation Many Governments Fail to Comply with CBD Mandate
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 Bonn, Germany--Global Forest Coalition [1] released a major report, "Forests and the Biodiversity Convention," [2] at the Convention on Biological Diversity today.  This report contains the summaries and research undertaken in 22 countries [3] by independent country monitors [4] to examine whether or not Parties are implementing the decisions made through the CBD Programme of Work (POW) of Forest Biological Diversity [5]. The civil society groups from the 22 countries who elaborated ...

6/16/2008 3:01 am  Read More  


Groups and Scientists Call for Halt to Releases of Genetically Engineered Trees
Bonn, Germany--Organizations and scientists [1] from around the world spoke today about their opposition to genetically engineered trees which will be negotiated at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity's Ninth Conference of the Parties (CBD COP-9) beginning next week in Bonn.  They are demanding that governments at the UN agree to accept the proposal to suspend all releases of genetically engineered (GE) trees into the environment, due to their extreme ecological and social threats.Camila Moreno, a researcher from Terra de direitos in Brazil further explained, "there is a clear link ...

5/16/2008 1:42 pm  Read More  


Organizations From Around the World Attend UN Convention on Biological Diversity In Bonn to Demand Protection for Ecosystems, Wildlife, Forests and...
Organizations From Around the World Attend UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Bonn to Demand Protection for Ecosystems, Wildlife, Forests and Indigenous RightsCompiled by Anne Petermann, Global Justice Ecology Project and Global Forest Coalition.Organizations around the world are congregating in Bonn, Germany through the end of the month in an attempt to participate in and influence the outcomes of the Ninth Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP-9).Simultaneous to the first week of the talks, the German NGO Forum organized Planet Diversity, a week of workshops addressing issues related to global biodiversity.  Planet ...

5/13/2008 1:39 pm  Read More  


Losing The Forests For the Trees: Tree Monocultures and Biofuels
Fueling the Debate: Agrofuels, Biodiversity, and Our Energy Future (#9)Losing the Forest for the Trees: Tree Monocultures and the Biofuel BoomCarmelo Ruiz Marrero | May 1, 2008Americas Program, Center for International Policy (CIP)http://americas.irc-online.org/ Using trees for fuel as part of the agrofuels boom means cultivation of massive monoculture tree plantations. They are already present in Chile, Uruguay, and Brazil to supply lumber as well as paper pulp, and due to the destruction of biodiversity this model has encountered opposition by civil society groups and indigenous peoples whose rural livelihoods are at stake.Lignin, the substance that ...

5/09/2008 1:57 pm  Read More  


International Plantations Meeting, Johannesburg, South Africa
A representative from Global Justice Ecology Project will attend an international meeting on plantations organized by the World Rainforest Movement  to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 1-3 November, followed by a strategy meeting on forests on the 4th. The meetings will bring together people working on several types of monoculture tree plantations –pulpwood, oil palm, rubber- from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the U.S. The plantations’ meeting agenda will include presentations and discussions on a number of related topics such as paper consumption, biofuels, carbon sinks, certification, etc., which will feed strategy discussions to strengthen our ...

8/10/2007 5:47 am  Read More  


Here's a Bad Idea: Gas From Trees
By Josh Schlossberg, The Eugene Register-GuardPublished: April 27, 2008 12:00AMIndustry lapdog. Dishonest shill. Shameless profiteer. These are someof the names I've heard people call Martin Jack Desmond after hisApril 20 guest viewpoint pushing cellulosic ethanol as a solution tothe rising cost and dwindling supply of gasoline.But I'm going to give Desmond the benefit of the doubt: I'm willingto believe he really thinks he's doing a good thing. Of course,doctors in the 1950s also thought they were doing a good thing whenthey prescribed thalidomide to pregnant women.As former director of the Northwest Reforestation ...

5/09/2008 1:57 pm  Read More  


Final decision on GE grass: Company's appeal dismissed
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -D.C. Circuit Court says “No” to Scotts and Monsanto on Biotech GrassesRuling is Latest in a String of Victories in Which the Center for Food Safety Successfully Challenged Inadequate Oversight of Biotech CropsWashington, DC, March 19, 2008 – The Center for Food Safety announced today that a Federal Court of Appeals has tossed out the appeal of Scotts Grass Company, ending a long-running dispute over the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) approval of the open-air field testing of genetically engineered “Round-up Ready” (GE) grasses without assessing any potential environmental impacts.  The GE grasses are owned by ...

4/09/2008 12:51 pm  Read More  


North American GE Trees Strategy Session
Global Justice Ecology Project is hosting the North American STOP GE Trees Campaign strategy session August 15-16.  We have representation from Canada and from the U.S.'s Northwest, South, Southeast, Midwest and Northeast.  We'll be discussing a myriad of topics that range from legal to agrofuels.  We'll be working on campaign strategy, media messaging, etc.contact: info@stopgetrees.org ...

8/10/2007 5:35 am  Read More  


Press Release: USDA Decision on GE Poplars
ISIS Press Release 07/03/08USDA FONSI for Transgenic Poplars Absurd & DangerousProf. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho of the Insititute for Science in Society (ISIS) expose cavalier risk assessment that ignores existing evidence and takes absence of evidence as evidence of absence.A fully referenced version of this report was submitted to USDA on behalf of ISIS.The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (APHIS/USDA) received a permit application (APHIS number 06ˆ250ˆ01r) from Oregon State University to conduct field tests using clones of transgenic poplars and hybrids. Permit application06ˆ250ˆ01r includes trees with 95 transgenic constructs ...

5/09/2008 1:57 pm  Read More  


Week of Events and Protest at CBD Meeting in Rome
Delegates representing governments attending the SBSTTA (subsidiary body) of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Rome, Italy were greeted with a demonstration against genetically engineered trees and agrofuels as they entered the plenary session on February 21.  This CBD body is discussing those issues, and more, prior to the CBD's Conference of the Parties in Bonn, Germany in May of this year.  Photo:  Langelle/Global Justice Ecology ProjectBrief report on the five days of SBSTTA that Global Justice Ecology Project and the STOP GE Tree Campaign was involved in follows...18 FebruaryGlobal Forest Coalition Releases Independent Monitoring ReportOn the first ...

2/22/2008 12:54 pm  Read More  


Statement Demanding GE Tree Ban Read at CBD Meeting
The following statement was read to the full plenary of the SBSTTA meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity on 21 February, 2008 in Rome, Italy:GE trees are a tremendous threat to forest biodiversity, and to forest dependent and indigenous communities.This body is not acknowledging this.  Instead of strengthening the decision on GE trees made at the last COP, this body is considering weakening the decision, paving the way to commercialize this deadly and destructive technology.Commercialization of GE trees is moving forward rapidly, driven by pulp and paper and biofuels industries.  Use of GE trees will further consolidate a ...

2/22/2008 12:46 pm  Read More  


Groups Issue International Joint Commentary on GE Trees
Groups from all over the world joined together at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity's SBSTTA meeting in Rome, Italy in February to demand that the CBD issue a moratorium on the release of genetically engineered trees into the environment.  They are joining together again at the Ninth Conference of the Parties of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Bonn, Germany May 19-30, 2008 to demand the UN immediately stop the release of GE trees into the environment.To read the joint commentary, click the link below. CBD joint letter final.pdfIn French: CBD joint letter french.pdfIn Spanish: CBD joint ...

5/08/2008 2:24 pm  Read More  


USDA Approves Release of GE Poplar in Oregon
For background information on the concerns with this release of GE poplar, please click below:http://www.globaljusticeecology.org/stopgetrees.php?IDAnimal and Plant Health Inspection Service[Docket No. APHIS-2007-0018]Oregon State University; Availability of an EnvironmentalAssessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for a ControlledRelease of Genetically Engineered Populus Species and HybridsAGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.ACTION: Notice.-----------------------------------------------------------------------SUMMARY: We are advising the public that an environmental assessmenthas been prepared for a proposed controlled field release ofgenetically engineered (transgenic) clones of Populus species andhybrids. The purpose of this controlled field release is to examine theeffects of the genetic constructs on the intended traits ...

2/19/2008 9:32 am  Read More  


GE Tree Report Failure May Bring Tears To Onions
Press Release: Soil and Health Association5 February 2008Failure in GE Tree Reporting May Bring Tears To Crop & Food's Onion Trial.State-owned GE tree researcher Scion has been negligent in itsreporting, as has GE trial auditor MAF Biosecurity New Zealand, andthe Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) may have beencomplicit in this, the Soil & Health Association has discovered.Scion's annual report to ERMA has been presented online recently*,but although all previous annual reports record that rabbits havebeen present and destroyed, the December 2007 report has no mentionof rabbits, and for the first time reporting began is now presentedas (Public Version)."Soil & Health ...

2/11/2008 2:05 pm  Read More  


APHIS Strengthens Regulations Governing Release of GE Trees and Other Perennials
News From The Biotechnology Regulatory Services of APHIS (the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service) APHIS oversees the release of genetically engineered organisms in the United States.  The policy clarification below is very likely a result of a legal case against APHIS that resulted from the escape of genetically engineered bentgrass from a test plot in Oregon.  It directly impacts the release of genetically engineered trees, which also fall under the category of perennials and have a high probability of escape into wild populations.Prior to the legal ruling, APHIS was very lax in its approval of test plots of GE perennials.  ...

1/31/2008 2:51 pm  Read More  


World Congress on the Future of Food and Agriculture
Global Justice Ecology Project supports this call to participate in:PLANET DIVERSITYlocal, diverse, GMO-freeWorld Congress on the Future of Food and AgricultureBonn, Germany. May 12 – 16, 2008Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, dear Friends of a diverse planet!"Planet Diversity" will be a global congress and festival on the future of food and agriculture, organised by NGOs, GMO-Free Regions, farmers and social movements around the world. From May 12th to 16th 2008 this event will involve about 500 participants on location and thousands of people, who will participate through the internet and by spreading the word before and after this first "Planet Diversity" ...

1/31/2008 2:51 pm  Read More  


Unregulated Release of GM Poplars and Hybrids
USDA rubberstamps the largest ever collection of genetically engineered poplars with uncharacterized and dangerous constructs  The attached report details information on dangerous field trials of GE poplars in Oregon.  It was written by Professor Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and submitted to the USDA in response to an environmental assessment prepared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS). The  EA was prepared for the permit application received from Oregon State University for these GE poplar field trials. Comments on this EA are due 17 August 2007 at Docket APHIS-2007-0018  http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main. Please click below ...

1/31/2008 2:51 pm  Read More  


Experts and Scientists to Meet In Opposition to Genetically Engineered Trees
Media Advisory                                                             August 14, 2007                            ***Interviews Available***Contact: Orin Langelle /Global Justice Ecology Project    +1.802.482.2689 (office Tuesday)  and +1.802.578.6980 (mobile on site)Phiona Hamilton-Gordon /Global Justice Ecology Project  +1.802.999.6654 (mobile on site)Hinesburg, VT (U.S.)--Scientists and experts from the U.S. and Canada will meet this week in Vermont to plan campaign strategies to ban the development and commercialization of genetically engineered trees.Experts and scientists from the STOP Genetically Engineered Trees Campaign are available for interviews this Wednesday and Thursday, 15-16 August. The annual strategy meeting of the North ...

1/31/2008 2:50 pm  Read More  


GE Trees and Aracruz Cellulose in Brazil: Urgent Sign on Letter
URGENT World Rainforest Movement Alert: Stora Enso & Aracruz Cellulose: new 78,000 hectare plantation in BrazilFrom: "Andrew Boswell" <a_boswell_2004@yahoo.co.uk> Thu, 9 Aug 2007Please see below for information from World Rainforest Movement about plans by the Swedish-Finnish company Stora Enso and the Norwegian-Brazilian company Aracruz Cellulose, for a new 78,000 hectare monoculture timber plantation in Brazil. Stora Enso have made clear their plans to produce new-generation biofuels from wood residues.  Read their release.A demonstration biofuels plant is expected to start up in 2008 at Varkaus Mill in Finland. Aracruz Cellulose says on its website that it is the world's leading producer ...

1/31/2008 2:50 pm  Read More  


GE Plum Deregulated Despite Overwhelming Public Rejection
Institute for Science In Society Press Release 26 July, 2007Transgenic Plum Gets USDA Non-regulated Status Based on False Claims of SafetyProf. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho rebut USDA conclusion that transgenic DNA and RNA are non-toxic.  After receiving over 1700 public comments on its GE "Honeysweet" plum, which opposed it at a rate of over 100 to 1, (1725 to 1708) the USDA approved its use anyway.For full story, click here ...

1/31/2008 2:50 pm  Read More  


Press Release Issued on Impacts of Biofuels
For Immediate Release                                       6 July 2007Government Experts at UN Body Express Strong Concern About Biofuel Impacts on BiodiversityParis, France--An overwhelming majority of governments, including Norway, Sweden, Germany and Indonesia expressed serious concerns about the risks of large-scale production of biofuels to forests, ecosystems, indigenous peoples and local communities at a meeting of a UN scientific advisory body on biodiversity in Paris this week [1]. Several governments called for a precautionary approach to biofuels.A large number of NGOs and Indigenous Peoples Organizations from around the world present at this meeting also expressed their concerns and called for a profound scientific assessment ...

1/31/2008 2:50 pm  Read More  


Open Letter to UN CBD Scientific Body To Ban GE Trees
(Urgent from Global Justice Ecology Project and World Rainforest Movement of the Stop Genetically Engineered Trees Campaign)If your organization can sign on to this letter please email Ana Filippini at World Rainforest Movement by February 13.Open letter to all members of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA)February, 2008The undersigned, members of organizations from countries where research on the genetic modification of trees is being carried out, would like to express in this letter some of the reasons of our deep concern. First of all, our concern is based on ...

6/12/2008 1:12 pm  Read More  


GE Tree Giant ArborGen Receives Approval for Flowering GE Tree Field Trial
GE tree giant ArborGen has received permission from the USDA to take the next step toward implementing their plans to develop non-native genetically engineered cold tolerant eucalyptus trees.  Eucalyptus is widely known for its extreme flammability.  In areas of California, invasive eucalyptus are being eradicated for this very reason.In addition to the flammability problem, eucalyptus are highly invasive.  ArborGen has received permission to allow their field trial of cold tolerant eucalyptus to flower and produce seeds, ...

1/31/2008 2:49 pm  Read More  


World Rainforest Movement Southern Hub for STOP GE Trees Campaign
In November 2006 Uruguay-based World Rainforest Movement agreed to be the Southern Hub of the STOP GE Trees Campaign.  WRM will help distribute information on the dangers of GE trees and the plans by industry to develop GE trees to movements, communities and activists throughout Latin America and the Global South.  WRM distributes information in Spanish, Portuguese and French in addition to English.  We will be working closely with WRM on our campaign to win a global ban on the release of genetically engineered trees into the environment.  For more information on ...

7/24/2007 5:08 am  Read More  


A Silent Forest: The Growing Threat, Genetically Engineered Trees
This award winning DVD nararrated by Dr. David Suzuki, discusses the threats posed by genetically engineered trees to our environment and to human health. Subtitled in Spanish and Chinese Bonus Feature- Preview of World Rainforest Movement's Green InvasionAwards: First Place- EarthVision Environmental Film Festival First Place- Forests- Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival To order the DVD click here ...

7/23/2007 4:33 am  Read More