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URGENT: Help Stop Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees
Call to Action: Stand up for Native Forests, Resist the Tree Biotechonology 2013 Conference!
Protest: May 26 - June 1!
Join Earth First!, Global Justice Ecology Project and the Campaign to STOP GE Trees for a week of resistance to genetically engineered trees. May 26-June 1, the International Tree Biotechnology 2013 Conference is taking place in Asheville, NC. This conference is a gathering of genetically engineered tree proponents and scientists 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 the unsustainable lumber and paper industries. These trees would be engineered to produce their own pesticides, grow straighter and faster, tolerate manufactured pesticides, produce sterile seeds, and reduce lignin content (this is what makes the wood in a tree strong enough to stand up). If these traits escaped into native tree populations, the effects would be devastating and irreversible.
The USDA is already considering approving an industry request to sell billions of genetically engineered freeze tolerant eucalyptus trees. These non-native, invasive and flammable trees pose an unprecedented threat to the forests and communities of the Southern US.
We stand to lose tens of thousands of acres of our diverse and resilient native forests to sterile monoculture tree plantations that support few if any native species. Intact, native forests our one of our best defenses against climate change. Establishing massive plantations of flammable eucalyptus and other GE trees could result in increased climatic catastrophe. This is especially true when these plantation are used to fuel biomass plants, which burn trees to produce electricity, releasing more greenhouses gases than burning coal.
These protests will send a critical message to the USDA as they are poised to approve the first ever commercial planting of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees in several southern states.
Join activists from around the country for an action packed week of resistance to GE trees. We are kicking off the week with a teach-in on May 27 followed by a mass march to the conference center on May 28th. Affinity group actions are being called throughout the week to ensure the GE tree industry does not get a moment’s rest during their stay in Asheville.
For more information: download our report on the status of GE tree research and development in the US:
Analysis of the State of GE Trees May 2013.pdf
To be alerted to updates on these protests or to get involved in the Campaign to STOP GE Trees, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to treebiotech2013.org
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 and pine, that would inevitably and irreversibly contaminate native forests with destructive GE traits, devastating forest ecosystems and wildlife. Once GE trees escape, there is no way to call them back.
The only way to stop GE trees from invading and contaminating native forests is to ban the commercial release of GE trees before it is too late.
Tell the USDA that ArborGen's GE freeze tolerant eucalyptus plantations pose an unprecedented threat to forests and wildlife in the US and around the world.
Sign the STOP GE Trees Campaign petition to the USDA demanding a ban on GE trees!
Non-GE eucalyptus plantations already have devastating impacts all over the world. Based on these documented impacts, GE eucalyptus plantations in the US will likely cause:
* Clearcutting of biodiverse forests for conversion to industrial GE eucalyptus plantations--called "green deserts" due to their devastating impacts on biodiversity;
* Invasive spread of GE eucalyptus trees into native ecosystems--eucalyptus are already a documented invasive species in Florida and California;
* Increased danger of firestorms-Eucalyptus contain a highly volatile oil and are explosively flammable;
* Displacement of wildlife that cannot use the non-native eucalyptus trees for habitat or food;
* Contamination of soils and groundwater with toxic agrochemicals used on the plantations;
* Worsening of Drought-Eucalyptus have deep tap roots, monopolize ground water and dry up soils;
* Worsening of climate change through the destruction of carbon rich native forests for carbon poor plantations.*
Global Justice Ecology Project and the STOP GE Trees Campaign are mobilizing to fight this threat.
View our 5 minute video on the impacts of timber plantations and GE trees.
Send a donation to support our work to protect forests, wildlife and communities from the disaster of GE trees!
Educate Yourself: Click on the News tab above to read the latest on this important issue or download our 10 page report on the dangers of GE eucalyptus trees and the impacts of making liquid fuels out of trees: GE Trees Report
Take Action: Download our petition to the USDA and ask your friends and colleagues to sign it.
Stop GE Trees Petition-new.pdf
Download all of this component in our GE Trees Action Toolkit.
2010 GE Trees Organizing Toolkit.pdf
Check out this map to locate the Eucalyptus Southern Test Plots
Test Plot Map
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