AL.com: Fast-growing GE eucalyptus taking root across the South

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Ben H. Raines, reporter at AL.com, an online news hub for several Alabama newspapers, recently published an in depth look at Arborgen’s efforts to turn genetically engineered eucalyptus trees into a cash crop in the South.

Some say eucalyptus, especially genetically modified strains, may represent the future of agriculture across the region, from the Carolinas to Texas. But only if a group of geneticists working for a company called ArborGen can convince the federal government that genetically modified trees are not a threat to the South’s native forests, streams, and wetlands.

Raines corresponded with Arborgen representatives for the story, as well as GJEP ally Scot Quaranda of Dogwood Alliance, a North Carolina non-profit working to preserve and restore native forest ecosystems in the southeastern United States.

“We need to think carefully about planting a modified, frost-tolerant tree in the South. Eucalyptus is known for being incredibly thirsty, and really invasive. These are not qualities we want to promote.” – Scot Quaranda, Dogwood Alliance

In September, GJEP and Campaign to STOP GE Trees organizers Anne Petermann and Ruddy Turnstone were arrested while protesting Arborgen at their headquarters in South Carolina.

Read the full article here.

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