The goal of our NO GE Trees Program is to protect native forests, and to defend the rights of forest dependent communities and Indigenous Peoples against the uncontrollable and irreversible threats posed by the release of genetically engineered (GE) trees.
GE trees pose a huge risk of contaminating forests, damaging ecosystems and harming communities because:
- Ripping down forests to replace them with industrial GE tree plantations worsens climate change, and devastates biodiversity and the human communities that depend on those forests.
- Trees have a longer life-cycle. They can live for decades to centuries, meaning the threats they pose would be impossible to contain over the long term.
- Trees produce seeds and pollen that can travel up to hundreds of miles. If those seeds carry genetically-engineered material, they can irreversibly contaminate native forests.
- People living near the GE plantations face health risks from the altered tree pollen and the toxic agrochemicals used on the plantations (pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers).
- Genetically engineered tree plantations, especially eucalyptus and pine, would be extremely flammable and could contribute to deadly firestorms.
- Developing huge plantations of non-native GE eucalyptus trees destroys natural habitat for birds, insects and mammals, including threatened and endangered species.
- Accelerating the growth rate of trees can take a substantial toil on groundwater and soil nutrients.
There is no way to accurately assess all of the risks posed by trees that live so long and have such intricate interactions with so many other species, including humans. Such risk assessment isn’t even required for regulatory approval. These factors make GE trees a much greater threat than GMO food crops.
Watch ‘Synthetic Forests’, the Documentary on Genetically Engineered Trees
Produced by Raindancer Media and Earthlinks Inc, ‘Synthetic Forests’ features lead researchers, activists and impacted communities to demonstrate the unknowns and knowns of how GE Trees will devastate ecosystems, forest dependent communities and the climate.
Synthetic Forests from Raindancer Media on Vimeo.