30 Environmental Leaders say ‘No!’ to Gene Drives in Conservation

  Genetic “Extinction” Technology Rejected by International Group of Scientists, Conservationists and Environmental Advocates via www.synbiowatch.org OAHU, HAWAI’I — As thousands of government representatives and conservationists convene in Oahu this week for the 2016 World Conservation Congress, international conservation and environmental… Read More

GE Tree Field Trials Using CRIPSR Approved in Sweden

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Will we soon have genetically engineered forests? Via Testbiotech: In China, the US and Sweden, new methods of genetic engineering such as CRISPR are being used on forest trees. The first field trials are planned to take place… Read More

Glyphosate Causes Changes to DNA Function Resulting in Chronic Disease, According to Study

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Note: One of the traits being engineered into trees is resistance to glyphosate. Via Beyond Pesticides A review of the scientific literature links glyphosate, one of the most popular weed killers in the U.S. and the active ingredient in Roundup,… Read More

Do Researchers Have Their Heads in the Sand About Safety of Gene Editing?

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Note: Will these dangerous new gene editing techniques be the next frontier for genetically engineered trees? Sharon Begley at StatNews.com reported on an American Society of Hematology’s workshop on genome-editing held last week in Washington, where researchers met to discuss… Read More

Letter to the Editor: Wood Pellet Study Not Comprehensive

This letter to the editor, titled “Wood Pellet Study Not Comprehensive,” from Adam Macon was published in The News and Observer last week. Adam represents Dogwood Alliance, longtime partners in our efforts to stop genetically engineered trees. The… Read More

Biodiversity, GMOs, Gene Drives and the Militarized Mind

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Originally published on CommonDreams.org By Vandana Shiva   “Amaranth, Amaranto, love-lies-bleeding, tassel flower, Joseph’s coat, or ramdana (gods own grain) is the grain of well-being,” Shiva writes. (Photo: Elizabeth Weller/flickr/cc) A recent report from the National Academy of Science of… Read More

We’re Not Ready for the Next Wave of Genetic Engineering

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By Amanda Starbuck, Food & Water Watch Mini pet pigs. Non-browning apples. Engineered mosquitoes. These are just a few products in the pipeline of biotechnology companies. As the cliché goes: when you have a hammer, everything looks like… Read More

National Catholic Reporter Takes on GE Trees

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Eucalyptus plantation in Brazil.  Photo: Petermann One year ago, on June 18, Pope Francis released his encyclical on the environment. This ground breaking document addressed issues including GMOs and climate change – a first for the Catholic church…. Read More

Brazil Occupation: MST Landless Take Over Suzano and report environmental problems

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Original post here: http://www.mst.org.br/2016/06/13/sem-terra-interrompem-atividades-da-empresa-suzano-e-denunciam-problemas-socioambientais.html Note: Suzano’s subsidiary FuturaGene won permission from the Brazilian Biosafety Commission in 2015 to produce GE eucalyptus plantations.  This is also mentioned below. The MST repudiates the agribusiness development model, which does not contribute to… Read More

GE Tree Company ArborGen Settles Lawsuit With Defrauded Workers

ArborGen workers take confidential settlement over $53M verdict in compensation case David Wren, Post and Courier, Mar 24 2016 12:50 pm Summerville [SC]-based biotechnology firm ArborGen Inc., which had been ordered by a judge to pay $53 million to former… Read More