For Immediate Release
Anne Petermann, Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP), which coordinates the international Campaign to STOP GE Trees stated that,
“GJEP has worked in solidarity with the MST in Brazil to stop the use of GE trees there since 2006. We strongly oppose Brazil’s outrageous decision in 2015 to legalize genetically engineered eucalyptus trees. Brazil’s irresponsible approval of this experimental tree is not only dangerous to forests and communities, but illegal. The MST are protesting some of the real consequences of the promotion of genetically engineered trees, the replacement of biodiversity with lifeless monocultures and the arrogance of multinationals as they disregard the rights of Indigenous and rural populations to clean water and clean soil.
In a Campaign to STOP GE Trees press release  addressing this decision to legalize GE trees in 2015, Geneticist Dr. Ricarda Steinbrecher, co-Director of EcoNexus and member of the Federation of German Scientists stated,