Saturday, May 25 –Global March Against Monsanto Join the Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees as tens of thousands of anti-GMO (genetically-modified organisms) activists take to the streets around the world to protest deceitful actions of the biotech industry, including Monsanto and ArborGen.
Location: Pack Square Park
Time: 2 pm
As a follow-up to the genetically engineered crops that we learned about in Food Inc. and Carol Koury spoke about on October 17, there is now a new threat – Genetically Engineered Trees. The USDA is considering allowing Arborgen to plant millions of acres of plantations across the southern U.S. These plantations, reaching from Texas to South Carolina, where the company is based, could destroy forest diversity, kill wildlife, exacerbate droughts, feed fire storms, and spread quickly with the help of cold-resistant gene modification.
“Genetically engineered trees, with the potential to transfer pollen for hundreds of miles carrying genes for traits including insect resistance, herbicide resistance, sterility and reduced lignin, thus have the potential to wreak ecological havoc throughout the world’s native forests.”
Dr. David Suzuki, The Suzuki Foundation