10 Reasons to Sign the USDA Petition to Ban GE Trees


Genetically engineered trees are an international threat that, if planted en masse, could irrevocably damage life as we know it. Right now, corporations are tearing down native forests and destroying the homes of Indigenous Peoples to plant acre after acre of industrial timber plantations. How much more damage will be caused if they are allowed to plant industrial plantations of genetically engineered trees? Your signature is your voice. Your name is power – add your voice now!

10 Reasons to Sign the Petition to Ban GE Trees in the U.S.

10. Set an International Precedent
Preventing ArborGen from planting GE trees in the US will set an international precedent that other countries would be encouraged to follow.

9. Stand Up to Corporate Greed
Timber companies are only interested in one thing – money. Signing this petition shows that we know GE trees are about increasing their profits, not environmental sustainability.

8. Speak for Those That Can’t
What happens when bees or songbirds eat the toxic pollen from trees genetically engineered  to produce poisonous pesticides? Signing this petition gives a voice to the birds and bees, butterflies, squirrels, deer and bears – the creatures that call the forest their home.

7. Prevent Extreme Fires
GE eucalyptus trees are highly flammable and contribute to disastrous firestorms. If ArborGen has its way, billions of these GE trees will blanket the southern U.S., which is already suffering from droughts and catastrophic firestorms.

6. Think About the Repercussions
Once GE trees are released, there is no taking them back. Altered seeds and pollen will spread, contaminating and invading natural forests. Genetically altered trees do not exist in nature; releasing them out into the wild will have serious repercussions.

5. Support a Real Solution to Climate Change
Genetically engineered trees are a false solution to climate change. In fact, studies show that genetically engineered trees are likely to worsen climate change.  One of the best ways to combat climate change is to protect native forests, not replace them with GE tree plantations.

4. Open Your Government’s Eyes
With our voices combined, we can build enough pressure to ensure GE trees are never legalized. GE trees are an international threat. By signing the petition, we can advance the demand for a global ban on this menace.

3. Grab Media Attention
GMOs dominate the mass media, but the threat of genetically engineered trees is lesser known. The more signatures we have, the more the media will turn its spotlight on this serious issue.

2. Respect Indigenous Peoples
GE tree plantations could displace entire communities in countries like Brazil, disrupting their way of life and even erasing their entire culture. Those that do stay risk their health due to the contamination of air, water and soil by the rampant use of toxic agrochemicals on the plantations.

1. Every Signature is a Win
Signing this petition means no compromise. It means that we will settle for nothing less than a ban on the use of genetically engineered trees. Every signature is a step toward protecting the planet from further damage from deforestation or climate change. It means we won’t stand down and we won’t take no for an answer.


  1. Fran Fulwiler says

    GE trees are a worldwide ecological l threat. For the safety of all animal and plant species, we need to plant native trees rather than replace them with genetically engineered ones that don’t enrich the environment, but only the company that holds the patent.

  2. Kamia Taylor says

    It’s incredibly arrogant of anyone to think they know all the implications of manipulating plants and animals. I’m not interested in having my entire planet wiped out from that arrogance!

  3. Kev Coleman says

    Trees and other plants should be grown from seed and not from the warped imagination of a mad scientist.

  4. Nancy Chismar says

    GE trees too??? What needs to be done/said to stop this greedy invasion. In the US, we’re going backwards to battle the greed that slips by. NO MORE. Stop the madness. Stop the murder of our ecosystems and our beloved planet.

  5. elizabeth says

    Genetically engineered trees are an international threat that, if planted en masse, could irrevocably damage life as we know it. Right now, corporations are tearing down native forests and destroying the homes of Indigenous Peoples to plant acre after acre of industrial timber plantations. How much more damage will be caused if they are allowed to plant industrial plantations of genetically engineered trees?

  6. Victoria Mountford says

    Greed is the most hideous and most damaging trait of humanity. Peace, love and unity for us and our trees.

  7. shelley snyder says


  8. Kevin Cardinal says

    It about time to stop these people from taking away what’s left of nature. GMPs should be outlawed. No good can come from these mad scientists destroying what’s left of our planet.

  9. Lee Lindner says

    This should not even be an option. Stop deforestation first! Man cannot play God or think he knows better than nature. This will result in disaster and have far racing unforeseeable consequences.

  10. sharyn wisdom says

    we are messing with the gods creation and so messing with our existance…we have enough problems with mono-culture and do NOT need gmo trees ,or any plant, thrown into the mix. please for our children and grandchildrens sake, don’t allow this to happen

  11. Gary Reneker says

    They rape the environment and destroy indigenous cultures. Then, for the sake of public relations, they replant an area with GE trees. GE trees perform some of the environmental functions as native trees, but to a much less and poorer degree.

  12. Cecilia Chinchilla says

    Even though I don’t live in the US, it is known that nature doesn’t stay isolated. A degeneration of our nature is not a welcomed things. Nature is perfect just as it was made.

  13. Karen Roberts says

    Leave the trees alone. We have only begun to realize what has been done to our crops. Leave the trees alone.

  14. roberta says

    Of all of this along with the oil issues in the ocean and our water ways continues our children won’t have a planet to live on!!!!!!

  15. says

    These Corporations have NO concept of GOD. Every time man steps in to change or control the wild/natural, they create mass destruction. Call to mind the rabbits of Australia. ….the African “Killer Bee” to Central America. There is pretty good evidence that the pollen from the G.M.O. corn crops may well be responsible ( whether in large or small part) for the mass death of the regions bee populations There is so much that we need to educate ourselves about. Pleaser demans informations from the corporations,and then compare with your own research. Let’s stop this before they kill us all.

  16. Kerin Gould says

    We all speak for the trees – otherwise known as the standing people – when we say that we must ban GE trees. We depend on them for our air. How much more essential must something be before you see it is more important than profits?

  17. Anne Locascio says

    Diversity in all living things holds untold resources. Stop destroying our natural world in an attempt to make more money. This will fail!

  18. Phillip C'de Baca says

    Please only the real deal. I love real trees and have no room in my life for anything GMO. Just say no to GMO!

  19. Sonya Bach says

    Hemp would be the more sustainable natural alternative without Genetic engineering.
    Using outdated and destructive means to eradicate indigenous peoples way of life and homes is not progress.
    Stop Genetic Engineering. STOP being a destructive force upon nature.
    Start using a more harmonious approach to the needs of people and nature. Let’s use our rescources respectfully, and create a way to live more gently upon this earth to protect nature.
    “The Giving Tree” would be a good read for those in power who can not seem to understand that there is something more important than lining their pockets.

  20. Loretta Thompson says

    No one has the right to genetically modify mother nature’s perfect creations! The people who are destroying our planet are insane and have no common sense or appreciation for the magnificent wonders of our world. Those people need to be stopped at all costs including prison time and liquidating their assets to help the indigenous community and also with the massive clean up that the destruction has caused.

  21. Susan Crane says

    Genetic modification interferes with ecosystems and the web of life in so many ways that that we are only beginning to understand. It is complete and utter foolishness to pursue the continued development of GMOs.

  22. Sarah Nowak says

    Who are these people to make these decisions that will affect ALL of us? I’m tired of the greed and I’m tired of the destruction.

  23. ana says

    May i ask a question please…:)
    Can you inform me if the trees in the Ecosia program are GMO/Transgenic?
    Thank you,

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