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Keep GE Frankentrees Out of the Southeast

Eucalyptus plantation

A biotech company called ArborGen, Inc. has dangerous plans for the southeast United States: It wants unprecedented approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow a genetically engineered strain of "freeze-tolerant" eucalyptus to be commercially grown on massive plantations.

This is a terrible idea. These unregulated GE tree farms will displace and destroy our natural forests, pollute and deplete our water, and endanger biodiversity.

Eucalyptus are not native to North America -- but they do establish here and easily escape. They've wrought havoc in Hawaii, California and Florida. And now industry wants to plant millions of these frankentrees in the Southeast.

Using the form on this page, tell the USDA we want sustainable, healthy forests thriving with native wildlife -- not a genetically engineered monoculture of invasive eucalyptus.

Please take action by July 5, 2017.

Photo of eucalyptus plantation by Stuart Demmer/Flickr.

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