Action Alert: Stop the Spread of Genetically Engineered Trees
Call on Office Depot, Office Max and Staples to reject paper from Genetically Engineered trees!
Despite emails and calls from over ten thousand OCA members, the US Department of Agriculture has approved a “field trial” of over 250,000 genetically modified eucalyptus in the Southeast United States, including Florida. The field trials are being conducted by ArborGen, a notorious biotechnology entity owned by the “Big Three” paper multinationals: International Paper, MeadWestvaco, and Rubicon,
ArborGen’s GE eucalyptus has not been adequately evaluated by the USDA for potential environmental impacts. In fact, GE trees have the potential to be far more damaging than any other genetically engineered plant to date. Pollen from GE trees can travel hundreds of miles, contaminating communities and species far from the plantation. GE eucalyptus will likely become a dangerous invasive specie in southeast US, as non-GE eucalyptus has in other states, like California. Finally, ArborGen is simply the tip of the iceberg, advancing multinational pulp companies’ policies of environmentally devastating business plan of monocultures and clear cuts.
Act now! Send an email to the nation’s top retail office supply stores and insist that they reject paper products from GE trees!