2 March 2015

Emergency Global Day of Action Planned on Four Continents to Stop Genetically Engineered Trees

Protests Tuesday To Demand Brazil Reject GMO Trees at Upcoming Biosafety Meeting

New York – Protests at Brazilian Embassies and Consulates in cities across the globe [1] are scheduled for Tuesday 3 March in opposition to genetically engineered (GE) trees. The groups will also deliver letters of protest to the Consular officials in EnglishSpanish and Portuguese.

The Emergency Global Day of Action was called last week by the international Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees in response to an announcement that the Brazilian National Biosafety Commission (CTNBio) are considering approving an industry request to legalize GE eucalyptus plantations at a meeting in Brasilia on Thursday 5 March.

The actions will take place in solidarity with social movements and organizations in Brazil that oppose the commercialization of GE trees and who are expected to rally outside of the Brasilia meeting on Thursday.

Last fall when CTNBio held a public hearing on FuturaGene’s request, organizations around Latin America and the world signed letters of protest, delivered to CTNBio by La Via Campesina and the MST (Brazil Landless Workers’ Movement).

Spokespeople will be available for comment.


Contact: Kip Doyle, Media Coordinator, Campaign to STOP GE Trees, +1.716.931.5833 (office) +1.716.867.4080 (mobile), kip@stopgetrees.org (English)

[1] Some of the cities where emergency actions are planned include Wellington (New Zealand), London (England), Berlin (Germany), Ottawa (Canada), Montevideo (Uruguay).

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