BREAKING: Protestors Arrested at Genetically Engineered Tree Conference

Katuah Earth First!:

This was just the beginning come out today, Tuesday May 28 to Pritchard Park at 4:00 pm for a rally and march to confront the GE Tree industry while they are in Asheville!

Originally posted on Earth First! Newswire:

Cross Posted from Climate Connections

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Photo: Petermann/GJEP

Asheville, NC – As the Tree Biotechnology 2013 conference kicked off early Monday, two Asheville residents were arrested after disrupting a major presentation by Belgian tree engineer Wout Boerjan entitled, “Engineering trees for the biorefinery.”

The protestors said that if legalized, GE trees would lead to the destruction of native forests and biodiversity in the US South, and be economically devastating to rural communities.

The talk was disrupted for 20 minutes.

Farmer and professor Steve Norris said, “We took dignified action today to directly confront the growing corporate control over our seeds, forests, and communities. We are sending a crystal clear message to the GE tree industry and its investors – expect resistance.”

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Week of Resistance to Genetically Engineered Trees Schedule of Events

biotree events  We are just days away from an exciting week of protests and educational events against genetically engineered trees and the 2013 Tree Biotechnology Conference.  Check out this list of events and come on out to stand up for native forests and say NO to GE trees:

Saturday May 25

Global March Against Monsanto

Join us as tens of thousands take to the streets around the world

to protest Monsanto.  2pm, Pack Square Park

 

Monday May 27

Convergence Center open 12-3pm @ Apothecary (39 S. Market St)

Teach-in on gentically engineered trees

Get educated on the threats of GE trees and get plugged in

to the week of resistance. Puppett, sign and banner making party!

@ Toy Boat Community Arts Center

(101 Fairview Road), 3-9pm

 

Tuesday May 28

Direct Action Training meet @ Apothecary 10am -2pm

Know Your Rights @ Apothecary 2pm

Puppets and Art Making for March @ Apothecary 12-4 pm

March and Mass Action Against the

2013  Tree Biotech Conference

Rally 4pm @ Pritchard Park, March @ 4:45pm

 

Wednesday May 29

Forest Ecology Hike

Learn about our native forests that are threatened

by GE trees. 10 am. Meeting location TBA

 

A Silent Forest Film Screening @ Apothecary 6-7pm

Solidarity Event: Tar Sands Blockade Talk @ Firestorm Cafe 4:30

 

Friday May 31

Goodbye and Good Riddance

Join us in giving the 2013 Tree Biotechnology

Conference a final farewell on their last night in Asheville

Meet @ the Apothecary 5pm

Stop GE Trees Before they Start! An interview with Anne Peterman, Global Justice Ecology Project.

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Click here to listen to the interview:

Anne Petermann, of the Global Justice Ecology Project, joins The Final Straw Radio show for an informative interview on the threats posed by Genetically Engineered Trees getting released into the U.S. as the USDA considers allowing Arborgen to plant millions of acres of plantations across the southern U.S. These plantations, reaching from Texas to South Carolina, where the company is based, could destroy forest diversity, kill wildlife, exacerbate droughts, feed fire storms, and spread quickly with the help of cold-resistant gene modification.

In the last week of May, Asheville will be hosting the International 2013 Tree Biotechnology Conference. Concurrently, Katuah Earth First! and GJEP (along with other projects) will be holding protests and workshops around the issues of GE Trees to educate the public and grow resistance. Check out the call to action and how to get plugged into the protests here.

Ramp Up the Resistance Benefit Dinner for Katuah Earth First! Sunday, May 12

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Ramp Up the Resistance Benefit Dinner for Katuah Earth First! Sunday, May 12 6-9pm

Rosetta’s Kitchen 116 N. Lexington Ave. Asheville, NC

$6-20 sliding scale donation

Come on out Sunday evening and support Katuah Earth First! in our fight against genetically engineered trees in the South. We’ll be providing a delectable pasta dish with ramps and locally grown shitake mushrooms (vegan and gluten free options available) as well as some wonderful live music. All you need to do is bring yourself (and all your friends) and a donation for KEF!

KEF! is currently organizing a week of educational events and protests against the 2013 Tree Biotechnology Conference May 26- June 1 in Asheville. This conference is a gathering of many of the major players in the genetically engineered tree business and we hope to give them an Earth First! style welcoming party!

Timber and utility corporations want to plant millions of acres genetically engineered trees throughout the South to burn for electricity, as well as to continue supplying the unsustainable lumber and paper industries. These trees would be engineered to produce their own pesticides, grow straighter and faster, tolerate manufactured pesticides, produce sterile seeds, and reduce lignin content (this is what makes the wood in a tree strong enough to stand up). If these traits escaped into native tree populations, the effects would be devastating and irreversible.

Please come out to Rosetta’s Kitchen Sunday May 12 and help defend our native forests from genetically engineered trees.

Also don’t miss our next KEF! Movie Night at Firestorm Café. May 13 at 6pm

We’ll be showing A Silent Forest, narrated by renowned activist and scientist David Suzuki. A Silent Forest is an excellent documentary exploring the dangers that GE trees pose to humans and the environment. Come on out, its free!

 

www.katuahearthfirst.org

katuahearthfirst@riseup.net

 

 

 

 

 

Defend Native Forests, Resist GE Trees: May 26-June 1, Asheville, NC


Resist the Tree Biotechnology 2013 Conference

May 26 – June 1, Asheville, NC

Join Earth First!, Global Justice Ecology Project and the STOP GE Trees Campaign for a week of resistance to genetically engineered trees. At the end of May the International Tree Biotechnology 2013 Conference is taking place in Asheville, NC. This conference is a gathering of many of the major players in the genetically engineered tree business and we intend to greet them with spirited protest.

Timber and utility corporations want to plant millions of acres genetically engineered trees throughout the South to burn for electricity, as well as to continue supplying the unsustainable lumber and paper industries. These trees would be engineered to produce their own pesticides, grow straighter and faster, tolerate manufactured pesticides, produce sterile seeds, and reduce lignin content (this is what makes the wood in a tree strong enough to stand up). If these traits escaped into native tree populations, the effects would be devastating and irreversible.

The USDA is already considering approving an industry request to sell billions of genetically engineered freeze tolerant eucalyptus trees.  These non-native, invasive and flammable trees pose an unprecedented threat to the forests and communities of the Southern US.

We stand to lose tens of thousands of acres of our diverse and resilient native forests to sterile monoculture tree plantations that support few if any native species. These protests will send a critical message to the USDA as they are poised to approve the first ever commercial planting of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees in several southern states.

Join activists from around the country for an action packed week of resistance to GE trees.  We are kicking off the week with a teach-in on May 27 followed by a mass march to the conference center on May 28th. We are organizing and encouraging affinity group actions throughout the week to ensure the GE tree industry does not get a moment’s rest during their stay in Asheville.

Please join us! You can help us fight GE trees right now by passing along this call to action and by donating to:

https://npo.networkforgood.org/Donate/Donate.aspx?npoSubscriptionId=1004723

 See you in the streets!

Please visit: www.treebiotech2013.org

Or contact: katuahearthfirst@riseup.net

KEF! Movie Night: Blockadia Rising, Voices From Tar Sands Resistance

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Katuah Earth First! Movie Night

 Showing: Blockadia Rising – Voices From the Tar Sands Resistance

 Tues. April 9, 5:30pm at Firestorm Café

 Join Katuah Earth First! for a screening of the exciting new documentary, Blockadia Rising. This film documents the grassroots direct action campaign waged by Texas landowners and environmentalists against construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Blockadia Rising is packed full of amazing action footage and inspiring interviews. You don’t want to miss it!

 www.katuahearthfirst.org

Act Now to Stop Genetically Engineered Trees in the Southeast!

ImageKatuah EF! is organizing a week of workshops and protests against the 2013 Tree Biotechnology Conference coming to Asheville, NC May 26 – June 1. The conference is an international gathering of scientists and industry executives pushing to replace our native forests with mono-crop plantations of genetically engineered trees. We’ll be announcing more details on that soon. In the meantime, tell the USDA NO GE TREES:

URGENT ACTION ALERT: USDA Begins Deregulation for 1st Genetically Engineered Forest Tree

PUBLIC COMMENTS NEEDED BY APRIL 29, 2013

Tell the USDA NO WAY on Genetically Engineered Trees!

 The USDA is accepting public comments on a request by GE tree company ArborGen to commercially sell hundreds of millions of freeze tolerant genetically engineered eucalyptus trees annually for vast plantations across Texas, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina.  

For more on the dangers of GE trees and detailed information for your comments, read our GE trees fact sheet.
 
Government approval of GE eucalyptus trees would set a dangerous precedent that could lead to the legalization of GE versions of native forest trees, including poplar and pine, that would inevitably and irreversibly contaminate native forests with destructive GE traits, devastating forest ecosystems and wildlife.  Once GE trees escape, there is no way to call them back.   Continue reading