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The Global Status of Genetically Engineered Tree Development: A Growing Threat

The global release of genetically engineered (GE or genetically modified) trees is closer than it has ever been. This report examines the current global reality of GE trees. It documents the status of GE tree development around the world, in order to identify where the risk of GE tree release is most immediate. It also outlines some of the risks and discusses some of the most prominent proposed uses. Due to changes in national regulations, this report may be the last opportunity to get a snapshot of GE tree field testing around the world.

Click here to read the report in English, Portuguese or Spanish.

We’ve compiled an international list of resources, starting with our steering committee’s organizations. While not complete and always growing, this is a great place to start learning about GE trees and the related issues of tree plantations and biofuels. (GE trees are also known as GMO trees, transgenic trees, genetically modified trees or GM trees.)

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A Rude Awakening on KPFA Interviews Author Donald Edward Davis

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Genetically Engineered Trees: No Solution to Climate Change

Genetically Engineered Trees: No Solution to Climate Change

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Into the Wild: GMOs head for the forest

Into the Wild: GMOs head for the forest

Lucy Sharratt is the Coordinator of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN), which brings together 16 groups to research, monitor and raise awareness about issues relating to genetic engineering in food and farming. CBAN is a project on the shared platform of...

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WERU Interviews Members of the Campaign to Stop GE Trees

WERU Interviews Members of the Campaign to Stop GE Trees

Common Ground Radio 14 January 2021 Producer/host C.J. Walke interviewed members of the Campaign to Stop GE Trees to discuss the history of the American Chestnut tree in our eastern forests, genetic engineering of American chestnut trees and the social and economic...

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Fedco Weighs in on Consequences of GE American Chestnut

Fedco Weighs in on Consequences of GE American Chestnut

Dark Hort? More Questions than Answers Jen Ries, Fedco Trees Coordinator, on behalf of Fedco The chestnut, an iconic tree of the American landscape, is poised to become a different kind of icon of a new era. A petition has arrived at the USDA asking for the release of...

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The Enviro Show Interviews Anne Petermann & Rachel Smolker

The Enviro Show Interviews Anne Petermann & Rachel Smolker

Greetings Earthlings. Perhaps you're familiar with the plight of the American Chestnut tree? It's a long sad tale and it may get even sadder soon. Dr. Rachel Smolker and Anne Petermann of the Campaign to STOP GE Trees join us to see the forest for the trees during...

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EcoRI News Interviews Members of Stop GE Trees Campaign

EcoRI News Interviews Members of Stop GE Trees Campaign

The following article includes excerpts from Grace Kelly's interviews with Lois & Denis Melican, former members of MA/RI Chapter board of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF), and Anne Petermann, Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project. Infighting...

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Researchers Working To Replace Nature One GMO At A Time

Medium 27 July 2020 Theresa Church The University of New England (UNE) is partnering with SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry (ESF) to develop the first ever genetically engineered (GE) forest tree for release into the wild. UNE has a request pending...

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Bangor Daily New Publishes Op Ed on GE American Chestnut

Bangor Daily New Publishes Op Ed on GE American Chestnut

Genetically engineered trees do not belong in our forests Bangor Daily News 19 July 2020 Theresa Church The COVID-19 pandemic has given us a rare interlude to evaluate the notion of business as usual. It has exposed mounting flaws and inequalities as a result of the...

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Genetically Modified Chestnuts Imperil Forests

Genetically Modified Chestnuts Imperil Forests

On Saturday 7 July 2020, The Scranton Times Tribune ran an op ed by Anne Petermann, International Coordinator for the Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees titled Genetically Modified Chestnuts Imperil Forests. The following is Peterman’s submission to the...

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