World Rainforest Movement

The new legal framework on biodiversity and the commodification of nature in Brazil

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

The December 2015 Raíces newsletter focuses on the problems arising around approval and regulation of the Legal Framework on Biodiversity,...

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New genetic technologies: corporate control over regulation

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

A report by Corporate Europe Observatory reveals how the biotech industry is trying to shape rules to allow the entry of new technologies...

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Genetically engineered eucalyptus trees approved in Brazil. How long before we see GE tree monocultures in REDD?

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

Last April, the commercial use of GE eucalyptus trees was approved in Brazil, despite the strong local resistance and evidence of GE...

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Corporate Greenwash in Tuscany

Posted on Jun 9, 2015

Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE IUFRO Tree Biotechnology Conference Denounced for Promoting GMO...

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Brazil approves commercial use of the first GM eucalyptus tree

Posted on May 6, 2015

  As expected and despite the strong national and international opposition, on April 9, the Brazilian National Technical Commission...

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Women peasants preventing GM trees release in Brazil!

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

In the morning of 5 March 2015, 1,000 women from the Landless Rural Workers Movement in Brazil (MST) occupied the area of field trials...

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US Greenlights First GE Tree for commercialization

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

In an unprecedented and alarming move, the United States Department of Agriculture has given GE tree company ArborGen permission to pursue...

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China and Malaysia: furthering plantations and GE Trees

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

Much of the research into genetic engineering (GE) of trees focuses on following plantation industries’ wishes, which are most...

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Transgenic trees and Terminator technology

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

  There are many reasons why it is essential to oppose the introduction of transgenic trees, such as their impact on forests,...

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“Transgenics are not welcome”. Interview with André Hl Dallagnol of the Brazilian NGO Terra de Direitos (Land of Rights)

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

  FuturaGene, a subsidiary of Suzano Papel e Celulose, one of Brazil’s largest pulp and paper producers, has requested to the...

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Stora Enso and GM trees: Intensifying destruction of forests and peoples

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

  Stora-Enso, a giant Swedish-Finnish industrial forestry company and one of the largest producers of pulp and paper in the world, is...

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Transgenic trees in Chile: Urgent need to modify DNA of policies, not plants

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

  Transgenic forestry in Chile is shrouded in mystery, secretiveness and corporate lobbies. While state agencies deny that transgenic...

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GMO Trees Approved in Brazil: Common Sense & Precaution Ignored

Posted on Apr 9, 2015

  Decision made in violation of national law and international protocols Montevideo, UY and New York, NY (9 April 2015)–The...

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Petition: Brazilian Gov’t Must Reject Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees

Posted on Mar 30, 2015

  By The Campaign to STOP GE Trees. Sign below to insist CTNBio not approve GMO Trees! On Thursday 5 March, the Brazilian Biosafety...

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No a la liberación del eucalipto transgénico en Brasil

Posted on Mar 30, 2015

Only available in Spanish. Por Alianza Biodiversidad y Red por una América Latina Libre de Transgénicos. Las mujeres del Movimiento de...

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Actions Globally Call on Brazil to Reject GMO Trees

Posted on Mar 4, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York (4 March 2015) – Organizations on four continents took action yesterday at Brazilian consulates and...

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URGENT: GE Eucalyptus to be approved in Brazil

Posted on Feb 27, 2015

Dear friends, As many of you will remember, last year we organized – together with various partner organizations in Brazil – a...

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Brazil: The countless problems surrounding the Suzano corporation  

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

In late 2013, the international organization Biofuelwatch, in conjunction with WRM and the Brazilian NGO CEPEDES, published a case study...

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News from the 12th Conference of the Parties of the CBD

Posted on Oct 13, 2014

The 12th Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is taking place in South Korea. There are...

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Indigenous Peoples Unite to Stop Genetically Engineered Trees

Posted on Oct 13, 2014

GE Trees: Another Form of Colonization 13 October 2014 – From the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Campaign to STOP GE...

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Brazil: organizations issued a letter opposing commercial use of transgenic eucalyptus by Suzano, but could only do so after the public hearing

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

On September 4 a public hearing in Brasilia considered the application of FuturaGene, owned by the Suzano pulp and paper company, to grow...

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Stop GE Trees campaign urged FSC to keep GE trees out!

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

The WRM has for a long time denounced how the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) wrongly certified millions of hectares of monoculture tree...

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Tree factories: An overview of the impacts and interests behind GE trees

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Genetic engineering allows scientists to modify trees by inserting genetic material from another tree of the same species, from another...

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Beware the bioeconomy

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

    Just a few years ago forestry giant Weyerhauser, a US-based logging company, began running a series of intriguing adverts in...

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Research with Genetically Engineered trees advances in Asia

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

    WRM just updated a 2008 country by country overview of research with Genetically Engineered (GE) Trees. This overview...

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GE Trees: Threatening North America’s Native Forests

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

  A genetically engineered (GE) tree is a tree whose DNA has been modified using genetic engineering techniques. In most cases the...

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GE tree research: A country by country overview – 2014 update

Posted on Sep 24, 2014

Research on genetically engineered trees is being –or has beencarried out in a number of countries, but the public is either unaware...

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Nuevas tendencias en la expansión de los monocultivos industriales de árboles en América Latina

Posted on Sep 23, 2014

Only available in Spanish and Portuguese. Download here the full document in pdf format in Spanish or in Portuguese Documento informativo...

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Open Letter to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) from the Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees

Posted on Sep 7, 2014

The Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees (CSGET) Urges FSC to Disassociate from Suzano/FuturaGene In the next few days, Brazil’s...

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Groups globally mobilize to stop commercial release of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees in Brazil and US

Posted on Aug 20, 2014

For Immediate Release, 20 August 2014 New York – Two unprecedented applications are pending that, if approved, would allow the...

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Will FSC dissociate from Suzano?

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

FSC Watch . In July 2010, Suzano Pulp and Paper bought the biotechnology company FuturaGene, which for the past 8 years has been carrying...

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International call to stop the spread of transgenes

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

A broad coalition of organisations has launched an international call to request that the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity...

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Campaign to STOP GE Trees – Sign On to Support the call by Brazilian and Latin American groups to reject G.E. eucalyptus trees

Posted on Jun 2, 2014

(Sign on before 15 June!) Dear friends, FuturaGene, a biotechnology firm owned by Brazilian pulp and paper company Suzano, has requested...

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Open letter delivered to the Brazilian National Technical Biosafety Commission (CTNBio)

Posted on May 30, 2014

To: Brazilian National Technical Biosafety Commission (CTNBio) We, the undersigned, have been informed that FuturaGene, a biotechnology...

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International Day of Action Targets Monoculture Tree Plantations – Ban on Genetically Engineered Trees Demanded

Posted on Sep 20, 2013

New York, US –  On 21 September, the International Day of Action against Monoculture Tree Plantations [1], organizations, forest...

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Corporaciones, agrocombustibles y transgénicos

Posted on Jul 30, 2013

Only available in Spanish –  Por Silvia Ribeiro* – Setiembre 2007. La ola de los agrocombustibles sigue avanzando, no porque...

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Help Stop Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees

Posted on May 30, 2013

From May 26-June 1, the International Tree Biotechnology 2013 Conference took place in Asheville, NC. This conference is a gathering of...

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GE TREES

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Plantations Threaten Communities and Forests Around the World In the United States, the US Department of...

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US agency aware of potential impacts of GE trees

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

The US Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that it is voluntarily preparing an Environmental...

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Biomass and Bioenergy

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

Biomass is the oldest energy source used by humans. It is found in abundance in almost every part of the planet and today, more than two...

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La Via Campesina at the CDB: “Keep biodiversity public”

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

La Via Campesina (LVC), the global peasants movement, have been watching the CBD discussions and in a press release asserted that...

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Genetically Modified Trees

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

The main focus of genetic engineering research has been on forcing some naturally-occurring genes to be overactive, silencing others, or...

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Genetically engineered eucalyptus plantations: And then there were four…

Posted on May 30, 2012

Several months ago (see WRM Bulletin 172) we reported on the plans of Suzano Papel e Celulose S. A. – the world’s second largest pulp...

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Call for moratorium and precautionary oversight of synthetic biology

Posted on Mar 30, 2012

A broad coalition of organizations from around the world released the first global civil society declaration to outline principles that...

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Terminator technology in agricultural crops and GEtrees: A threat to food sovereignty

Posted on Oct 30, 2011

I come from a family that considers seeds as something sacred. Back in my father’s day, our neighbours could sleep peacefully,...

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Transgenic trees: The industry race is on

Posted on Jul 30, 2011

The forestry industry’s endless pursuit of bigger profits has led to the growing homogenization of trees cultivated for timber, pulp and...

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Action in the CBD against GM trees

Posted on Oct 31, 2010

A group of social and environmental networks and organizations, concerned about the possibility that the United Nations finally endorse...

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Stop the Extermination of Biodiversity – Stop Genetically Engineered trees

Posted on Oct 23, 2010

Open letter to participants at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention (COP X) on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the 5th...

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Comment by the World Rainforest Movement on the Petition of ArborGen Inc. seeking a Determination of Nonregulated Status for Freeze Tolerant Eucalyptus

Posted on Apr 14, 2010

To: APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) Montevideo, April 10, 2013 The World Rainforest Movement (WRM) is an international...

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A Silent Forest. The Growing Threat, Genetically Engineered Trees – VIDEO

Posted on Dec 17, 2009

By Global Justice Ecology ProjectA Silent Forest is a documentary about the largely unknown potential danger to human health, and the...

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WRM information sheets on GE tree research

Posted on Nov 17, 2009

Where? Which trees? What for? By who? Who support? Who regulates? Who oppose?  Research on genetically engineered trees is being currently...

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Myth No. 13: Genetic Modification is Useful and Necessary for Improving Trees

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

There is a particular arrogance associated with this rationale. It implies that scientists and corporations know more about improving trees...

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Jim Hightower: The invasion of genetically engineered eucalyptus

Posted on Aug 17, 2009

Listen to Hightower’s commentary Here’s a great idea: Let’s bring into our country a genetically-engineered, non-native tree...

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GE trees: when scientists mutate into publicists

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

The Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) mandate is to protect the world’s biodiversity. Strong campaigning from an increasing...

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Open Letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Demanding Rejection of ArborGen’s Request to Plant 260,000 Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees Across the U.S. Southeast

Posted on Jul 25, 2009

The letter has received more than 11,000 endorsements, from both organizations and individuals, from 33 countries. To Whom It May Concern,...

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Arborgen Seeks to Legalize GE Eucalyptus Trees in U.S. -Brazil is Not Far Behind

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

“Eucalyptus is the perfect neoliberal tree. It grows quickly, turns a quick profit in the global market and destroys the...

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Field trial of genetically modified trees: Belgian government’s contribution to International Day for Biological Diversity

Posted on May 30, 2009

On May 6th, Minister of Science and Innovation of Flanders (Belgium) Patricia Ceyssens planted a tree. Nothing strange in that of course....

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Ethanol from cellulose: A technology that could spell disaster

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

Switching from fossil to alternative liquid fuels would appear to be a good idea, particularly in the context of climate change. Such is...

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Civil society demands responsible decisions with regard of agrofuels, transgenic trees and the technology Terminator.

Posted on May 19, 2008

Press release –  Two open letters addressed to the delegations taking part in MOP and COP The 9th Conference of the Parties of the...

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Letter from the NGOs to the MOP 4 of the COP 9 of the CBD

Posted on May 19, 2008

To the Official Delegations of the IV Meeting of the Parties of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (MOP-4) and IX Conference of the...

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Open letter to the members of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Posted on May 19, 2008

 The ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) of the Convention of Biological Diversity is taking place in Bonn, Germany,...

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GE Trees, Cellulosic Ethanol & Destruction of Forest Biological Diversity

Posted on Feb 25, 2008

By Global Justice Ecology Project and Global Forest Coalition – February 2008. With concerns mounting about the competition between...

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Potential Ecological and Social Impacts of Genetically Engineered Trees

Posted on Feb 15, 2008

Commentary on CBD/SBSTTA/INF/6 Paper on Potential Impacts of GE Trees Prepared for CBD SBSTTA Meeting, Rome, Italy, 18-22 February,...

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Red Latinoamericana solicita al gobierno de Brasil y de Chile que suspenda investigación sobre árboles transgénicos

Posted on Jan 16, 2008

Only abailable in Spanish –  Comunicado de Prensa de RECOMA 16 de enero de 2008. En carta enviada a ambos gobiernos, la Red...

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Transgenic Trees

Posted on Dec 17, 2007

Until now the debate over genetically modified organisms – also known as transgenic organisms – has mainly focused on agricultural...

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Large Alliance of NGOs and Indigenous Peoples Calls for Ban on Genetically Modified Trees for Biofuels

Posted on Jul 4, 2007

Paris, France, July 4th 2007 — Over 50 Indigenous Peoples Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations involved in meetings...

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Letter to the CBD to ban GM Trees

Posted on Nov 15, 2006

At its last Conference of the Parties (COP8), the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted a very important Decision in relation to the...

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¿Arboles transgénicos? No, gracias

Posted on Oct 26, 2006

Only available in Spanish – Por Silvia Ribeiro * Un estudio de investigadores de las universidades de Umea y la Agraria de Suecia,...

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Plantations, GM trees and indigenous rights

Posted on Jul 26, 2006

By Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle. Seeding, July 2006 The damaging effects of monoculture tree plantations are being resisted around the...

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The Vitoria Statement in Support of the Struggles of Local Peoples Against Large-Scale Tree Plantations

Posted on Nov 24, 2005

The following Statement was issued on 24/11/05 in Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil at an international meeting on building support for local...

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Participants at Montreal Meetings of Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety Call for CBD Moratorium on GE Trees

Posted on Jun 3, 2005

3 June 2005 – Montreal, QC, Canada Today at a press conference on genetically engineered trees held during the Second meeting of...

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Genetically Modified Trees. The ultimate threat to forests

Posted on Jun 2, 2004

The debate on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) has until now largely focused on agricultural crops and much less on genetically...

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