Groups Call to Reject Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees

Campaign to STOP GE Trees Sign On Statement to Support the call by Brazilian and Latin American Groups to Reject Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees

Sign on before 15 June!

This is what a eucalyptus plantation looks like

Dear friends,

FuturaGene, a biotechnology firm owned by Brazilian pulp and paper company Suzano, has requested authorization from the Brazilian Biosafety Commission (CTNBio) for the commercial release of its genetically engineered eucalyptus trees in Brazil.

A letter has been issued by Brazilian and Latin American organizations (including CEPEDES; Terra de Direitos and the Latin American Network against Plantations) to CTNBio to urge them to deny this approval. As the Brazilian Open Letter (attached below) explains, if approved, use of GE eucalyptus trees will aggravate the already well-known negative impacts that non-GE industrial eucalyptus tree plantations already pose to communities´ livelihoods.

We ask your organization to sign on to the statement below in support of this Brazilian letter, which will be sent to CTNBio, the Brazilian governmental institution in charge of authorizing the release of GMOs. Their letter expresses deep concern and urges the CTNBio not to authorize the commercial release of GE eucalyptus by Suzano/FuturaGene.

To sign on in support of this letter protesting the legalization of genetically engineered trees, please send us your name, organization and country to the following address [email protected] before June 15th.

Thank you,

The Campaign to STOP GE Trees
including Biofuelwatch, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, Dogwood Alliance, Global Justice Ecology Project, Indigenous Environmental Network, World Rainforest Movement

Statement in Support of the “Open Letter to CTNBio”:

The Campaign to Stop GE Trees, an international coalition of 248 groups from 49 countries, founded in 2004, supports a global ban on commercial deregulation of genetically engineered trees (also known as genetically modified trees) based on serious concerns about their impacts on biodiversity and human rights. The Campaign supports the position expressed herein, in solidarity with Brazilian and Latin American groups, calling upon CTNBio to pay heed to public resistance to GE trees and reject Futuragene’s request for commercial approval of GE trees.

The Campaign is joined by the undersigned organizations from around the world that endorse the call for a global ban on the release of genetically engineered trees into the environment, as well as those scientists and organizations that are calling for a moratorium on the release of GE trees until they are proven to have no damaging social or ecological impacts. As no such proof of safety currently exists, but there is significant evidence to the contrary, the release of GE trees must be stopped.


See FuturaGene web site at

2 Responses to “Groups Call to Reject Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees”

  1. Scot Quaranda

    The risks of genetically engineered trees are overwhelming. In addition to the fact that we do not know the long term risks of genetic drift on natural forests, eucalyptus is an invasive species, fire prone and intensely water dependent. We should not be replacing natural forests with plantations, add to that GMO plantations and the risk and devastation increases exponentially.

  2. Paulo Andrade

    The document does not contain a single ounce of risks to the environment or to human or animal health, what is the real concern of the Brazilian CTNBio. It plays with information on agronomical performance, cellulose market and alike and mixes up everything. At the end, it does not minimally contribute to the understanding of the real risks (if any) which could be different between transgenic and conventional eucalyptus. Most unfortunate…
    More information (in Portuguese) at:


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