For Immediate Release: 13 October 2020
WHAT: Web Press Conference to discuss the closing of the United States Department of Agriculture’s public comment period on the deregulation of a genetically engineered American Chestnut tree to be released in the wild. The plan has been opposed by dozens environmental groups that represent millions of members.
The plan by SUNY ESF to release genetically engineered trees into the wild is widely seen as a precursor to the approval of other ge tree species for use in commercial tree plantations that displace forests, other native habitats and communities.
The plan is an unprecedented release of a genetically modified organism with the intent of spreading into the wild.
WHO: Representatives of the STOP Genetically Engineered Trees Campaign; Indigenous Environmental Network: Canadian Biotechnology Network; Dogwood Alliance; Friends of the Earth and Center for Food Safety
WHEN: October 20th, 11 Eastern Time.
WHERE: Web Press Conference
Links of Interest
- NAS Report Casts Doubt on Government Ability to Regulate Genetically Engineered Trees
- Biotechnology for Forest Health? An in-depth white paper produced by the campaign
- Editorial featured in The Hill
- Pre-recorded 10 minute interviews with Anne Petermann-Global Justice Ecology Project & Campaign to STOP GE Trees, Bj McManama-Indigenous Environmental Network, Lois Breault-Melican-former President of the TACF MA/RI chapter, Dr. Rachel Smolker-Biofuelwatch
For more information contact Steve Taylor +1 314 210 1322