Inc. has petitioned APHIS, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service of the USDA, to freely use and distribute freeze-tolerant eucalyptus trees. These trees have been
genetically engineered to be more tolerant of cold conditions, which would
allow them to be grown in a broader geographic area than non-GE eucalyptus
trees. They are asking for public comments on whether these GE eucalyptus
lines are likely to pose a plant pest risk.
trees are the fastest growing source of hardwood fiber and are used for the
production of high-quality pulp and paper. The GMO version would let the trees
be planted to a much wider extent. Eucalyptus trees inhibit the growth of
native vegetation. In Brazil, these plantations are called Green Deserts
because nothing can grow in them.
USDA to deny ArborGen’s petition.
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