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Around the world historic and deadly wildfires are occuring. Poor forest management and industrial tree plantations, along with climate change are creating apocalyptic conditions.

Eastern United States forests are facing the threat of genetically engineered trees and future plans for industrial tree plantations.

The USDA has opened a public comment period on the genetically engineered American chestnut tree. If approved, this would be the first genetically engineered forest tree approved for unrestricted planting in North America, and the first-ever genetically modified organism released to spread into wild ecosystems.

There are no long-term risk assessments on the impact of genetically engineered trees and it is not possible to understand how these trees will react to changing conditions brought on by climate change.

It is critical that we stop the development of genetically engineered tree plantations that will intensify groundwater use and lead to hotter, more destructive wildfires. Tell the USDA to reject the use of genetically engineered trees in our forests and send a comment today. For more information visit stopgetrees.org.

For the Earth Minute and the Sojourner Truth Show, this is Theresa Church from Global Justice Ecology Project.