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"Short term profits at the expense of future generations of all species is not acceptable" declared Mother Earth, to the crowd of scientists and corporate executives. People dressed as a GE tree, an ArborGen CEO, and forest critters, showed the dangers of GE trees, while a hazmat team secured the contaminated area.
The industry conference was organized by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations and co-sponsored by Summerville, SC-based ArborGen. ArborGen leads the world in research into genetically engineered trees and the IUFRO will be organizing another similar conference next week in Chile.
ArborGen works in both in the US South and in Brazil. Massive tree plantations in Chile and Brazil have forced both the Mapuche of Chile and the Guarani and Tupinikum of Brazil off of their land. Plantations decimate huge areas of forest, cause sickness in nearby villages and increase global warming. Using genetically engineered trees will only worsen these impacts.
"We are in an ecological crises now! Climate change is here and deforestation is a massive contributor to this rolling catastrophe," said Jean Wald. "It's too late to tinker with bogus solutions. Plantation forestry is a serious problem and GE trees will make it that much worse. Add the social consequences of plantations and there is no more justification for them."
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