Report Addresses Impacts of Plantations and Genetically Engineered Trees
Dec. 8, 2006 -- A report exploring the environmental impacts of tree plantations and genetically engineered tress has been released by the Global Justice Ecology Project, Dogwood Alliance, ForestEthics, and Sierra Club. Called the “Ecological and Social Impacts of Fast Growing Timber Plantations and Genetically Engineered Trees,” the report concludes that:
“The complex interactions of trees, understory plants, insects, animals, fungi, bacteria and soil micro-organisms is poorly understood. At best we have an outline of the principles of interaction, but by no means do we have a complete picture. This, combined with the inherent uncertainty of genetic engineering means that large-scale use of genetic engineering is dangerous. Threats posed by genetically engineered trees are simply too great to allow them to be released into the environment, much less to allow them to be mass cultivated in huge plantations.
“That the global timber industry is running out of forests to plunder is clear. However, there are alternatives to opening the Pandora’s Box of GE trees. Consumption reduction, alternative fibers, better and greater recycling of paper all are very basic steps which can be taken to significantly reduce the amount of forest being plundered to drive the wheels of our society. That the very industry that has wiped out native forests worldwide should now claim to offer the salvation to those forests in the form of GE trees demonstrates their unscrupulous and cynical opportunism.”
Read the full report at http://www.forestethics.org/downloads/GEtreereport.pdf