US Southeast: Droughts + Pipelines + GE Trees = Firestorms

Across the US Southeast, wild forests are burning.  A devastating drought across the region has left the forests in the region vulnerable to fire.  Under normal conditions, the region’s forests have been compared to rain forests because they are… Read More

National Meeting Makes Plans to Stop Genetically Engineered Trees

For Immediate Release – 21 October 2016 Genetically Engineered Trees Condemned in Region known as “Ground Zero” for Their Development North Myrtle Beach, SC– In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, which made landfall only days before, strategies to stop… Read More

GE Tree Company ArborGen Promotes Unfair Labor Practices

Note: In an email dated 15 September 2016, Andrew Baum, President and CEO of ArborGen, urged people to contact their representatives to renew the H-2B Guestworker program’s “Returning Worker Exemption” which he called “a vital piece of legislation that… Read More

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

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

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?

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

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

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