Daily Archives: April 13, 2016

GE Failures & Contaminations | NW Resistance Against Genetic Engineering

USA: MONSANTO’S GENETICALLY ENGINEERED ROUNDUP READY ALFALFA HAS GONE WILD

SUMMARY: “A recent study by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists shows that genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa has gone wild, in a big way, in alfalfa-growing parts of the West. ”

A recent study by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists shows that genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa has gone wild, in a big way, in alfalfa-growing parts of the West. This feral GE alfalfa may help explain a number of transgenic contamination episodes over the past few years that have cost American alfalfa growers and exporters millions of dollars in lost revenue. And it also exposes the failure of USDA’s “coexistence” policy for GE and traditional crops.

The USDA has long maintained that GE crops can co-exist with traditional and organic agriculture. According to this “co-existence” narrative, if neighboring GE and traditional farmers just sort things out among themselves and follow “best management practices,” transgenes will be confined to GE crops and the fields where they are planted.

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Mark Des Marets on ‘The Growing Threat’ STOP GE TREES Tour


Global Justice Ecology Project

Published on Oct 20, 2015

Mark Des Marets is co-founder of NWRAGE Northwest Resistance Against Genetic Engineering. Mark has worked for the last twenty five years as an organizer with grassroots environmental organizations in Oregon and Washington. Mark was a speaker on the Campaign to
STOP GE Trees “Growing Threat” tour of the Pacific Northwest in October 2015.

“Hey, I’m Mark Des Merets with Northwest Resistance Against Genetic Engineering (NWRAGE). I’m at the OSU (Oregon State University) campus here and I’m also on this roadshow called “The Growing Threat.” We are traveling up the west coast talking about genetically engineered trees. The reason we’re at this campus is because Steve Strauss’ laboratory is engineering poplar. Genetically engineered trees are unsustainable, unwanted, unnecessary, and inherently unsafe. They will devastate native forests in the Pacific Northwest if they get planted and other areas of the world as well. It is a solution in search of a problem.”

Genetically Engineered (GE) Trees threaten the biodiversity of native forests, are false solutions to the climate change crisis and can have unpredictable and irreversible consequences. The Pacific Northwest is key as it hosts some of the leading global research on GE Trees.

See: http://nwrage.org/

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Ruddy Turnstone on “The Growing Threat” STOP GE Trees Visits Incinerator Plant in Eugene, Oregon


Global Justice Ecology Project

Published on Oct 16, 2015

Ruddy Turnstone is a GE trees campaigner for Global Justice Ecology Project and is on the Campaign to Stop GE Trees steering committee. She works to ban genetically engineered trees from commercialization globally, nationally and locally. Find out more about “The Growing Threat” GE Trees tour at www.nogetrees.org.

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101 East – The price of palm oil


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Uploaded on Sep 16, 2010

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Indonesia is the world’s biggest palm oil producer but critics say it is harmful and unsustainable. Can the palm oil industry strike a balance between profits and environmental protection?

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Green Gold – Indonesia


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Uploaded on Aug 20, 2007

July 2007
How green are biofuels made from palm oil? In Indonesia, forests are being felled to make way for palm oil plantations. Deforestation is now the world’s second greatest cause of greenhouse gas.

“This is very bad”, laments Greenpeace representative, Hapsoro, looking around a palm oil plantation. In this area alone, 8,000 hectors of forest have been replaced with plantations. Last year, more than a billion tones of carbon dioxide was released into the environment by forest fires, caused to clear land for plantations. Indonesia has high hopes palm oil will become the new green gold. “We want to be the number one exporter”, states forestry minister Ms Ka’ban.

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International Day Against Tree Monocultures


Global Justice Ecology Project

Uploaded on Sep 21, 2010

Today is the International Day Against Monoculture Timber Plantations. Across the globe, timber plantations are wreaking havoc on forests and forest dependent communities. Now, to further exacerbate this damage, genetically engineered trees (or GE trees) pose a new and unprecedented threat.

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GE Trees in 2016 Webinar Video


Global Justice Ecology Project

Published on Feb 15, 2016

The GE Trees in 2016 Webinar Video produced by GJEP, Center for Food Safety and Indigenous Environmental Network. Original webinar took place Feb. 9, 2016. Individual presentations were re-recorded for public video.

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