Genetically-Engineered Trees????? Yes, and Why Humanity Should be Petrified

Written by Max Goldberg on July 5, 2013. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

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The more time that you spend in the organic industry, the more you learn about what is truly going on and what you find is pretty scary.

While I try to remain as optimistic as possible, the reality is that the organic industry is under a constant existential threat from genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).

Even though organic food has never been more popular, nearly 80% of the food on supermarket shelves contains GMOs and organic farmland is shrinking, a very worrisome trend. While 64 nations around the world require GMOs to be labeled, the U.S. does not. Why?

Because the ag-biotech industry has “purchased” agricultural policy in our country, by spending $572 million on campaign contributions and lobbying from 1999-2010.

Furthermore, we have a President who is fully on board the GMO-train, despite having made a campaign promise in 2007 to label GMOs.

Since taking office, not only has President Obama NOT labeled GMOs, but his administration has approved every single GMO-application that has been submitted to the USDA.

Among many others, one of the real problems with GMOs is that they contaminate everything around them. So, nature as we know it is disappearing, and our children’s food supply is going to be one big science experiment fraught with huge unknown risks.

Yet, if you think the ag-biotech industry is solely concerned with controlling the world’s food supply, think again. As I wrote about a while ago, there is now genetically-engineered grass.

But what should really frighten all of us, because of the huge ecological risks, is the emergence of genetically-engineered trees. Yes, genetically-engineered trees.

Genetically-engineered trees are very different than GM-crops, such as soybeans or corn, because they can last for decades or centuries in the wild. Furthermore, they have the potential to spoil native forests, destroy organic ecosystems, are very flammable, and will further deplete our already small and precious water supply. (The U.S. Forest Service has released findings that certain GE-trees would use twice the water of native forests.)

Humanity relies on these native forests to serve as the “lungs of the Earth,” by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. If this were somehow jeopardized, how would we survive?

ArborGen, the leading company in this space who has has a request pending with the USDA to commercialize genetically-engineered, freeze-tolerant eucalyptus seedlings and is run by ex-Monsanto executives, doesn’t seem concerned at all about any potential side effects or risks. They see GE-trees as a way to produce paper in a more cost-effective manner, regardless of the dire environmental consequences.

To learn more about what is going on with genetically-engineered trees and the recent protests that took place in North Carolina, I STRONGLY URGE you to read this eye-opening article in Z Magazine by clicking HERE.

WHAT CAN YOU DO

There are a few immediate things that you can do to help stop the ag-biotech industry from destroying our forests and ultimately our food supply.

1) Sign the petition to stop GE-trees on the Global Justice Ecology Project’s website.

2) Download the GE Trees Action Toolkit

3) Donate money to stop GE-trees.

4) Buy fewer paper products.

GE-CHESTNUT TREES – UPDATED AS OF 12/22/14

On a related note, scientists at the State University of New York have successfully developed a genetically-engineered chestnut tree. They hope to release 10,000 of these GE-chestnut trees into the wild as soon as they receive USDA approval.

Click HERE to read the GE-chestnut tree fact sheet.

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12 Comments

  1. Heaven forbid that we would be able to grow hemp for paper!! That would make too much sense! I saw something on tv about these GE trees recently and it is pretty scary stuff! And just a side note, yesterday I was with the MAAM (Mothers Across America March) group in the Huntington Beach,CA 4th of July parade and we informed a whole lot of people about GMOs. We got a great response, very exciting!
    Cheers….

    Written by Cindy Koch on July 5, 2013 @ 6:38 pm
  2. The link provided for the Z Mag article is being blocked by Norton as malicious. Not sure if that is accurate or not. Just an FYI.

    Written by Eric on July 6, 2013 @ 3:42 pm
  3. Hi Cindy,

    GE-trees are very scary indeed! Thanks for spreading the word at MAAM. It is important for every single one of us to inform as many people as we can.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on July 7, 2013 @ 4:07 pm
  4. Hi Eric,

    I had no trouble with the link on my computer and haven’t received any other complaints about it. Thanks for informing me, however.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on July 7, 2013 @ 4:09 pm
  5. What about Maple Syrup??? GMO now???

    Written by A R on April 4, 2014 @ 8:41 am
  6. Love ya Max, for all your undeniable devotion and tireless efforts to educate and sustain humanity in its purest form.

    Written by Joyce Rockwood CCH on April 4, 2014 @ 8:14 pm
  7. With all the GMO’s just think of our sources of honey. :(

    Written by Jennifer on April 4, 2014 @ 8:49 pm
  8. Thanks so much, Joyce!!!

    Written by Max Goldberg on April 5, 2014 @ 9:11 pm
  9. Hi AR,

    The GE-trees have not been approved yet. Maple syrup is not genetically-engineered.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on April 5, 2014 @ 9:12 pm
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  11. Hello,
    I also cannot access the link from Z Mag and I don’t have Norton.

    Written by Inge on November 25, 2014 @ 12:10 am
  12. I got a 404 error page not found error on the link.
    Colorado had its first little hemp harvest this last year. I have read that hemp paper was actually the real reason cannabis was banned so long. Hemp makes better paper cheaper than tree pulp–and DuPont held the patents on the chemicals for tree paper. By now, those are expired.

    Written by Esther Cook on January 26, 2015 @ 4:50 pm

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