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Another Monsanto In The Making? GE Trees?

Another Monsanto In The Making?

Please take a moment to go to “TAKE ACTION” and do something about this impending disaster.


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http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_18966.cfm

Please, take a moment to do something.  In one of the highlights, you will see a link that takes you there.

International Paper Wants to Be the Monsanto of GM Trees

EXTRACTS: Approval would set ArborGen on a path to sell 275 million
[genetically] engineered seedlings a year by 2018.

“There is a potential to explode once they get these trees approved,” said David
Knott, who manages $1.3 billion as chief executive officer of Dorset Management
in Syosett, New York. He said he increased his stake in Rubicon to 70.5 million
shares this year to bet on ArborGen because it has a customer base of large
landowners and little competition. “This could take off faster than Monsanto.”

TAKE ACTION: Please click here to take action against ArborGen’s plan to plant
260,000 GM-trees.
http://globaljusticeecology.org/stopgetrees.php

QUOTE: “Here’s a great idea: Let’s bring into our country a genetically-engineered,
non-native tree that is known to be wildly invasive, explosively flammable, and
insatiably thirsty for ground water. Then let’s clone thousands of these living
firecrackers and plant them in forested regions across seven Southern states,
allowing them to grow, flower, produce seeds, and spread into native
environments. Yes, this would be irresponsible, dangerous, and stupid – but
apparently “Irresponsible, Dangerous, and Stupid” is the unofficial slogan of
the U.S. Department Agriculture.” – Jim Hightower
http://jimhightower.com/node/6900
Listen to Jim Hightower’s commentary:

For updates and action items, visit http://www.nogetrees.org.


International Paper Treads Monsanto’s Path to ‘Frankenforests’
Jack Kaskey
Bloomberg, August 28 2009
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aEHNB…

International Paper Co., the world’s largest pulp and paper maker, plans to
remake commercial forests in the same way Monsanto Co. revolutionized farms with
genetically modified crops
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International Paper’s ArborGen joint venture with MeadWestvaco Corp. and New
Zealand’s Rubicon Ltd. is seeking permission from the U.S. Department of
Agriculture to sell the first genetically engineered forest trees outside China.
The Australian eucalyptus trees are designed to survive freezes in the U.S.
South.

Plantations of engineered trees would give International Paper a competitive
advantage by providing a reliable supply of lower cost wood at a time when
timberlands are dwindling because of development, said David Liebetreu, the
Memphis, Tennessee- based company’s vice president of global sourcing. Opponents
are concerned that alien genes may contaminate natural forests, echoing
objections to modified crops that Monsanto still faces.

“There is a potential to explode once they get these trees approved,” said David
Knott, who manages $1.3 billion as chief executive officer of Dorset Management
in Syosett, New York. He said he increased his stake in Rubicon to 70.5 million
shares this year to bet on ArborGen because it has a customer base of large
landowners and little competition. “This could take off faster than Monsanto.”

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August 30, 2009 - Posted by | GMO Alert

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