World Rainforest Movement




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Bulletin Issue 88 – November 2004

THE FOCUS OF THIS ISSUE: GENETICALLY MODIFIED TREES

A large number of scientists are actively working on genetically modifying trees, to better serve industry’s economic aims. Field trials are already being carried out in a number of countries and GM poplars have already been released in China, regardless of the dangers that all this implies for the world’s forests. This bulletin is aimed at sharing some of the information available and at urging concerned people to involve themselves in this issue. A good starting point would be to sign the petition for a Global Ban on GM trees, (available at http://elonmerkki.net/dyn/appeal/), which will be presented next month at the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Climate Change, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

OUR VIEWPOINT

  • The release of GM trees must be banned
    The release of GM trees must be banned

    Ever since Western forestry science defined forests as predominantly wood-producing entities, efforts have concentrated on increasing productivity of one single product: wood. Diverse forests were simplified, by weeding out all
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THE GM TREE SCENARIO

GM TREES IN THE SOUTH

GM TREES IN THE NORTH