GM Earth: Genetically Modified Trees on The Horizon

There is no question that the genetically modified foods infiltrating our food supply are causing negative health effects and compromising the quality of the ecosystem. Numerous studies reveal how genetically modified crops are leading to issues like pesticide-resistant superweeds, superbugs, and even cancerous tumors when consumption is involved. But the genetic modification we’re working so hard to prevent goes beyond the food supply; even trees are being genetically engineered, and some experts say that these genetically modified trees are even more environmentally-damaging than GM foods.

Genetically modified foods are widely recognized to exist in order to fight global starvation at various angles, though even that reason is questionable to say the least. What many reporters don’t really touch upon is how trees are actually being genetically engineered to support the paper industry (at least that’s one main reason we’re told). Not only is this an issue given the experimental, dangerous nature of GMOs, but it’s extremely easy for genetically modified ‘test’ areas to contaminate the globe. And we’re already seeing this.

Like many GMO crops, trees are being genetically engineered to withstand pesticides, kill insects, and grow larger faster. For the paper industry, trees are being created with lower lignin levels, which must be removed from trees before they can be used to create paper. The problem, or one of the many problems, is that this substance allows trees to survive in harsh weather and even protects it from diseases.

GM Contamination Throughout Nature

Another issue with genetically engineering trees is the risk of widespread contamination. Just recently, the USDA issued a concerning alert regarding the illegal and unexpected spread of Monsanto’s genetically modified glyphosate-resistant wheat. Even the USDA, which is known to support GMOs and Monsanto, admits that the spread of the GM wheat may cause some issues. The same could happen with the genetic manipulation of trees, however the issue could be much worse.

Trees differ from crops like soy or corn because they live for decades in forests. If GE trees escape the GE testing areas, it would be nearly impossible to reverse the future damage it could cause. Regulations of GE trees should be extremely strict so that contamination doesn’t occur at the very least. A full ban would be the logical route.

In one documentary, Dr. Suzuki explains how the issues concerning genetic engineering revolves around using horizontal gene transfers, as opposed to vertical gene transfers, to create the genetic abominations. Vertical gene transfer deals with moving genes from the parent generation to offspring via sexual or asexual reproduction. Horizontal gene tranfers deals with injecting a gene from one species into a entirely different species – something that leads to unpredictable outcomes.

Watch this short documentary to learn how GE trees could be the next wide-scale issue we are to face.

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12 Comments

  1. Steve says:

    Trees (and all other life for that matter) has evolved over millions of years. There is a reason they are the way they are. There is a reason there is a variety. They have evolved to deal with various environmental changes and diseases. They are linked to all other life in a balance.

    There is NO way any scientist, any lab, any university or any database can compile and understand all the possible implications of changing even just one type of tree.

    There is a reason the term ecosystem has the word system in it.

    A SYSTEM is interlinked parts.

    Gears if you will.

    Alter or eliminate one or some of them and the whole thing can come crashing to a halt.

    The unbridled arrogance of anyone who would even consider risking the fate of the planet on their dream project is amazing. It is ego run amok and has the potential to be even more of a threat to life than the worst war mongering country could possibly be.

    Trees grow just fine on their own, we just need to plant them and let them be.

    It's a shame that something that simple is ignored by some people because of it's very simplicity.

    But simple or not….there it is.

    And as for the paper industry…start growing hemp. It has high yields and requires no pesticides.

    To anyone in any GMO industry…would you please sit back, just take a little time to sit back and think about what you either do, or are being asked to do? And remember, you DO carry a responsibility for your actions. Many in science (and investing and oher fields) totally separate themselves from what they do and that's just lying to yourself.

    Risking our forests is risking all life. Over 7 billion humans and countless other life. It is potential ecocide.

    Don't bother discussing this with me, discuss it with the next generations. Ask them if risking our planet for profit is ok with them.

    Go ahead, go ask your grandkids.

    And be ready to hear what you don't want to hear.

  2. catherine walker says:

    WOW, that's alarming. l didn't know about the tree's……….. l go organic whenever it's possible to do so. l recycle, l use glass where l can, l make my own washing for clothes solution and use vinegar and bicarbonate of soda for cleaning floors and work surfaces. my cosmetics, lotions and potions are all organic, l have stopped my medicines (statins and high blood pressure and aspirin) and found healthier options like apple cider vinegar, cocoanut oil etc. and l meditate. Is there any thing else l can do in my part of the world in England.

  3. abinico warez says:

    Between GM organisms and Fukashima, the extinction of the human race is just a matter of time.

  4. catherine walker says:

    Machii, What about them and who are they?

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