GJEP has worked in solidarity with the MST in Brazil to stop the use of GE trees there since 2006. We strongly oppose Brazil’s outrageous decision in 2015 to legalize genetically engineered eucalyptus trees. Brazil’s irresponsible approval of this experimental tree is not only dangerous to forests and communities, but illegal. The MST are protesting some of the real consequences of the promotion of genetically engineered trees, the replacement of biodiversity with lifeless monocultures and the arrogance of multinationals as they disregard the rights of Indigenous and rural populations to clean water and clean soil.
All photos: MST Communication Group in Bahia
On the morning of 5 March 2015, about 1,000 women of the MST occupied the Suzano company (parent corporation to GE tree company Futuragene) in Itapetininga, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
On 5 March 2018 more than one thousand women from the Rural Landless Workers Movement (MST) took over a pulp mill owned by Suzano Paper company in Mucuri, in Bahia, Brazil to protest the company’s large-scale, industrial eucalyptus plantations and future plans for genetically engineered (GE) trees.