Genetically Engineered Trees
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US PUBLIC OVERWHELMINGLY REJECTS GENETICALLY ENGINEERED TREES

Genetically Engineered Trees

SUMMARY: "By a majority of almost 99.99% to .01%, the US public overwhelming rejected steps toward the legalization of genetically engineered trees during the USDA APHIS public comment period that ended yesterday. The comments were in response to a petition by genetically engineered tree company ArborGen requesting permission to commercially sell their GE freeze tolerant eucalyptus trees. Calls for a ban on the technology flooded the APHIS office, through individual online comments, petitions and online virtual meetings."

Upcoming Protests Disrupt Tree Biotech Conference Plans

Industry Conference in Crisis Amid Mass Protests Against Genetically Engineered Trees

Genetically Engineered Trees

Asheville, NC (US)- Hundreds of demonstrators marched on an international forest biotechnology industry conference today, demanding a ban on the release of genetically engineered trees into the environment.

The protest, the largest yet against GE trees, occurred one day after two Asheville residents were arrested while disrupting a presentation titled "Engineering Trees for the Biorefinery."

GENETICALLY MODIFIED APPLES RAISE CONCERNS

Genetically Engineered Trees

SUMMARY: "Carter is founder and president of Okanagan Specialty Fruits, which is seeking federal approval to market two of the modified varieties, Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny apples. [...] The apple industry is not so sure. In fact, industry groups submitted testimony opposing the application to deregulate the genetically modified apple. Industry heavyweights are raising the concern: the U.S. Apple Association, the Washington State Horticultural Association, the Washington Apple Commission and the Northwest Horticultural Council."

MOMENTUM BUILDING TO MAKE B.C. FREE OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FRUITS

Genetically Engineered Trees

SUMMARY: "A vote by municipal leaders at the UBC-M to ban the import, export and domestic production of genetically engineered, GE, fruit could have huge consequences for Summerland company Okanagan Specialty Fruits. Okanagan Specialty Fruits has developed the Arctic Apple, a genetically engineered apple that doesn't brown. The motion asks the province to create legislation that would prohibit GE Fruits. If legislation were created, there's a real possibility that these apple varieties will never end up in supermarkets across the country."

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