Numerous environmental organizations representing millions of members have signed on in opposition to the proposal to spread genetically engineered chestnut trees into the wild. One organization is Dogwood Alliance, which works to protect southern forests across 14 states.  The alliance opposes genetically engineered trees and corporate forest plantations as threats to biodiversity and climate.

Scot Quaranda has been with Dogwood Alliance since 2000 and has served as a campaign organizer, field director, campaign director and is currently the communications director. In his role he is in charge of story telling, creative, media relations, and PR. He has a dual BA from Drew University in Psychology and Philosophy and has worked previously with the Fund for Public Interest and in music PR for artists such as Buddy Guy and Ani DiFranco


Interview by Steve Taylor, Press Secretary of the Campaign to Stop GE Trees.

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