Groups Sue U.S. Government Over Secret Field Trials of GMO Trees
Global Justice Ecology Project joined the Center for Biological Diversity, the Center for Food Safety, the Sierra Club, Dogwood Alliance and the International Center for Technology Assessment today to file a lawsuit against the US government for allowing the planting of over a quarter of a million genetically engineered eucalyptus trees across seven southern U.S. states (Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina).
These field trials which we are suing to stop, are just the next step toward ArborGen's plans to produce and sell up to half a billion GE eucalyptus trees annually in the U.S. primarily for the production of wood-based bioenergy, which they plan to sell as a "cabon-neutral" energy (According to the 2009 annual report of Rubicon--one of the joint owners of ArborGen). But ultimately, they plan to export these GE cold-tolerant eucalyptus around the world, threatening to expand the disaster of GE trees to new regions.
To read the press release, click here
To read Wood Based Bioenergy: The Green Lie, click here
For background information pertaining to the lawsuit, click here
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