Genetically Engineered Trees
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THE GM TREE PLANTATIONS BRED TO SATISFY THE WORLD’S ENERGY NEEDS

Genetically Engineered Trees

SUMMARY: "GM eucalyptus trees at five-and-a-half years old, grown in a field trial. FutureGene claims GM species grow thicker and faster than the natural plant, making it possible to be grown for energy generation. It's a timber company's dream but a horrific industrial vision for others: massive plantations of densely planted GM eucalyptus trees stretching across Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia and China, engineered to grow 40% faster for use as paper, as pellets for power stations and as fuel for cars. [...] ”FSC is at the moment is a market barrier. It's very sensitive.

DESTROY GMO-TAINTED PAPAYA CROPS, RESEARCHER SAYS

Genetically Engineered Trees

SUMMARY: "Academics yesterday called on the Agriculture Department to destroy farms growing Hawaiian papaya in Kanchanaburi province after a recent study found that these crops might be contaminated with genetically modified organisms. The move came after a study conducted by Piyasak Chaumpluk from Chulalongkorn University’s Department of Botany revealed on Wednesday that 29 samples of Hawaiian papaya tested in Kanchanaburi province were tainted. ”Tests show that papaya grown in 50-rai in Kanchanaburi province have GMO,” Piyasak said.

NON-BROWNING ARCTIC APPLE GETS CHILLY RECEPTION FROM B.C. FRUIT GROWERS

Genetically Engineered Trees

SUMMARY: "Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. has [...] filed an application with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that could see the introduction of genetically modified apples that don’t turn brown. It will be months, if not years, before a decision on the so-called Arctic Apples is made. However, the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association is already voicing its concern that the genetically modified apples will hurt the market. “These will drive the prices of other apples down,” Kirpal Boparai, president of the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association, said in an interview Wednesday. Mr.

Organizations Renew Demand to UN for Global Ban on GM Trees

Genetically Engineered Trees

Amsterdam, Netherlands / Montevideo, Uruguay /Buffalo, NY, US--At the Meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India [1], civil society organizations [2] released a letter today to the CBD Executive Secretary demanding a global ban on the release of genetically modified trees into the environment. [3]

RESEARCH INTO GENETIC MODIFICATION OF TREES MAY ENABLE MORE DEFORESTATION

Genetically Engineered Trees

SUMMARY: "Scientists are studying how to genetically modify desirable trees in order to make them more commercially beneficial. They say it will allow us to grow more productive trees on less land, protecting natural forests -- but environmentalists say it will just increase deforestation by giving businesses something better to do with the land. [...] Scientists are now experimenting with plantations, manipulating and modifying the genes of saplings that grow in these monoculture forests — and that’s a problem, says Ann Peterman, executive director of the Global Justice Ecology Project.

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