Genetically Engineered Trees
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USDA APPROVES GMO APPLES DESPITE OPPOSITION FROM APPLE INDUSTRY AND CONSUMERS

Genetically Engineered Trees

SUMMARY: "The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ genetically engineered Arctic Apples. The apples are engineered to resist browning when sliced."

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ genetically engineered Arctic Apples.

The apples are engineered to resist browning when sliced.

The USDA’s environmental review received 73,000 comments that overwhelmingly opposed the commercialization of Arctic Apples.

BRAZIL GOVT APPROVES GMO EUCALYPTUS TREES: GROUPS DENOUNCE ILLEGAL DECISION

Genetically Engineered Trees

SUMMARY: "Today the Brazilian Technical Commission on Biosafety (CTNBio) formally approved an industry request to release genetically engineered (GE) eucalyptus trees. The application was made by FuturaGene, a company owned by Brazilian pulp and paper company Suzano. "

Corporate profit trumps common sense in Brazil

Genetically Engineered Trees

On 9 April, corporate profit trumped common sense when the Brazilian Technical Commission on Biosafety (CTNBio) approved a request by FuturaGene to commercially produce genetically engineered (GE) eucalyptus trees in Brazil – the first such approval anywhere in the world.

But Winnie Overbeek, the Brazil-based Co-ordinator of World Rainforest Movement, was not surprised. ‘Over the years, CTNBio has made many decisions in favour of releasing GMO crops in Brazil, ignoring protests, and disregarding Brazil’s constitutional mandate for precaution,’ she says.

A Thousand Angry Women Say No to Genetically Engineered Trees

Genetically Engineered Trees

On March 5th, a thousand angry women descended on a facility in Brazil where the biotechnology company, FuturaGene, was growing genetically engineered eucalyptus trees. Later that day, a meeting of the Brazilian Biosafety Commission (CTNBio) was scheduled to announce their decision about whether or not to allow commercial release of the GE eucalyptus. The women, members of the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement, or MST, and several other social movements in Brazil were angry. They broke into the facility and ripped up tree seedlings.

US APPROVES GENETICALLY ENGINEERED NON-BROWNING APPLES

Genetically Engineered Trees

SUMMARY: "Genetically engineered apples that wouldn’t turn brown on cutting are approved to be planted in the US. "

Genetically engineered apples that wouldn’t turn brown on cutting are approved to be planted in the US. The non-browning feature of the apples would appeal both to the consumers and the food service companies, said Okanagan Speciality Fruits, the developers of the unique apple variety.

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