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International Day of Action : Stop GE Trees.

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International Day of Action: 21 September 2023.

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On the he International Day of Action: Stop GE Plantation Forests. We had an excellent meeting with when we presented the letter with signatures to the Brazilian vice-consul.   He will send our letter the the Brazilian Government and various Brazilian Ministries. 

We would like to send a big thank you to everyone who supported the Day of Action.

New Zealand letter to Brazilian Ambassador 

What is the Day of Action?

International Day of Action: Stop GE trees (video, you tube) A short, 1.29 minutes, video outline by Nico Salazar and voiced by Steve Taylor, about tree plantations ecological destruction, chemical pollution of water, theft of indigenous lands.  This has prompted the International Day of Action against Industrial Tree Plantations (September 21, 2023).

A series of Videos filmed in May-June 2023 on a trip to Brazil to find out more on the Eucalyptus tree plantations and the status of the genetically engineered trees just approved. 

Destroyed By Agribusiness (2023, vimeo video) An Ofaié instructor tells of how the 1900 strong peoples were nearly destroyed due to agribusiness plantations polluting their land, air and water and their concern for the future of their children to live preserve their indigenous culture.

History of Ofaié in Brazil (2023, vimeo video) An instructor at an Ofaié school reflects on genocide, resistance and the history of the Ofaié Indians.

Meet The MST (2023, vimeo video)) Indio Galdino outlines the agroecological mahi they are doing to reclaim the land that the eucalyptus plantations destroyed. 

Carbon Credits for Green Deserts. (2023, vimeo video) Steve Taylor excellent interview with Anne Petermann of the Campaign to STOP GE Trees.

Indigenous Protest on Capital Hill Brazilian Interview with Miguel Lopes Silva protesting the PL 460 Bill.  The demarcation of indigenous ancestral lands back to the indigenous, Quilombola and MST peoples.  


Articles and reports on the GE trees. 

Profit Trumps People and Planet in Brazil’s Eucalyptus Industry  Steve Taylor and Orin Langelle article details the detrimental impacts to local Brazilian communities and the destruction of ecological biodiversity from the mega corporations, like Suzano's industrial Eucalyptus plantations to make pulp and paper.

The Global Status of Genetically Engineered Tree Development (2022) Lead writer Lucy Sharratt, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN)  report outlines the global concerns over the release of genetically engineered trees and the threat to forests and forest ecosystems, with impacts on many local communities and Indigenous peoples. The potential negative impacts could be profound and irreversible.