SUMMARY: "A British Columbia company has petitioned the USDA to deregulate sales of the Arctic Fuji, which is genetically modified to resist browning after slicing."
A Fuji apple that resists turning brown could be on U.S. tables sometime this year, despite concerns over the genetically-engineered fruit by consumer and trade groups.
New York (8 January 2015) - Biotech firm ArborGen, a leader in the research and development of genetically engineered trees (GE trees), has been fined $53.5 million in compensation and punitive damages after a court ruled that it acted to use "trickery and deceit" to "defraud" employees.
Just before the holidays a judge issued the 180 page ruling (linked below) on the case in favor of ten ArborGen workers, and against the company, as well as its timber company founders, International Paper, MeadWestvaco (now WestRock) and New Zealand-based Rubicon, plus several of their Board members.
In the midst of the holiday season, while thoughts turn to roasting chestnuts, a handful of scientists are working to genetically engineer the iconic American chestnut tree, which they hope to release throughout the Appalachians and the Eastern US. Indigenous Peoples, scientists and others are raising alarms about the risks of these trees, cautioning about their potentially dangerous impacts on forests, wildlife and human health. Due to these unassessed risks, they warn, GE chestnuts, or any GE trees, should never be approved for planting.
Behind a barbed wire fence in Fairhope where Auburn University grows experimental crops, neat rows of eucalyptus trees tower over surrounding fields of cotton and soybeans.
Growing between these traditional cash crops of the south, the 30-foot tall eucalyptus trees are the latest in a series of experiments in Alabama aimed at promoting large-scale farming of the fast-growing Australian trees in the U.S.
SUMMARY: "Without regulatory oversight or public consultation, the USDA allows for the commercial production of a new GE pine variety. Yet opponents warn that the implications of introducing this GE product are unknown, and unknowable, without long-term studies."
Without regulatory oversight or public consultation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has given the go-ahead to a biotech company to start introducing a genetically engineered (GE) pine tree that it has developed.