- Genetic engineering
The ongoing research into genetic engineering of timber plantation trees, as well as agrofuel crops, is an emerging threat that needs to be opposed and if possible halted. Genetic engineering (GE) - also called "genetic modification" by its proponents - is claimed to produce novel traits in trees and crops that are supposed to benefit farmers and the environment; but their real purpose is to enrich timber, pulp, paper and agrofuel industries at the expense of local communities and ecosystems.
See the Greenpeace background briefing - PULP FICTION - Genetically engineered trees HERE
However, unlike Greenpeace, Timberwatch Coalition members have little confidence in the ability of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to prevent timber companies from releasing genetically engineered (GE) trees into the environment. We believe that the FSC presently lacks both the resources and expertise needed to monitor its certified plantations for the presence of GE trees, and the ability to detect the contamination of related species. Nor do we believe that the FSC has the necessary will to take appropriate action against plantation owners that should fail to comply with its rules concerning GE trees. Another problem is that the FSC allows the "excision" of parts of certified plantations that may for some or other reason (Possibly being GE?) be disqualified from being certified.
A SILENT FOREST -
The Growing Threat of Genetically Engineered Trees:
This video, featuring David Suzuki, is an excellent documentary on the subject of GE trees. See critical commentary on GE trees and view the video HERE
To learn more about the STOP GE TREES CAMPAIGN click the link below.
White Hat Ideas: GM-Trees and The Kyoto Protocol - by Adam Breasley
While the Kyoto Protocol, the international agreement supposedly set up to address climate change, does not contain effective provisions to protect existing carbon-absorbing native forests, our best defence against the worst affects of global warming, it does allow for genetically modified industrial tree plantations to be traded as carbon sinks, under the protocol's so-called 'clean development mechanism' - meaning the sad irony is that the global compact as it stands, could in fact become a death warrant for existing forest ecosystems. For the last two years China has undertaken the commercial release of GM Poplars, with no record of how many trees have been planted and no monitoring of the effects of the environmental release. Chris Lang, independent researcher into GM trees talks about his report 'GM Trees: The Ultimate Threat to Forests'.
Click to listen: http://www.archive.org/details/GMTreesAndKyoto
This audio is part of the collection: Open Source Audio
Artist/Composer: Adam Breasley
Source: Chris Lang
Label / Recorded by: A. Breasley
Creative Commons license: Public Domain