Global Justice Ecology Project’s Anne Petermann was this week’s Earth Watch guest on KPFK radio’s Sojourner Truth show hosted by Margeret Prescod. Petermann and Prescod discussed that well over a quarter of a million people and 500 organizations submitted comments this week rejecting the commercialization of ArborGen Inc.’s genetically engineered (GE) eucalyptus trees. These eucalyptus would be the first-ever GE forest tree approved in the U.S.
The GE eucalyptus trees are engineered to tolerate freezing temperatures in order to greatly expand their growing range. The approval of these GE trees could set a precedent for future approval of GE forest trees such as poplar and pine.
The Sojourner Truth Radio Show airs every week on KPFK-FM in Los Angeles and around the world online. The Earth Watch segment is below.