May 29, 2016

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GE Trees, Cellulosic Biofuels & Destruction of Forest Biological Diversity

Produced February 2008 by the Global Justice Ecology Project and the Global Forest Coalition.

With concerns mounting about the competition between food and fuel due to crop-based agrofuels, industry is heavily promoting fuel produced from woody sources such as trees as the solution to this conflict.

This is not a solution, but will have dangerous impacts on biological diversity as well as indigenous and rural communities. It will further exacerbate the global food shortage and contribute to the climate crisis. In particular, the proposal to manufacture trees genetically engineered with traits that will enhance their usefulness as a feedstock for cellulosic biofuels will have serious ramifications for forest biological diversity and forest dependent communities.

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