Demonstrators protest against Engineered Trees

No genetically engineered trees to be planted demand climate change activitists.

Asheville, NC (US)- Hundreds of demonstrators marched on an international forest biotechnology industry conference today, demanding a ban on the release of genetically engineered trees into the environment.

The protest, the largest yet against GE trees, occurred one day after two Asheville residents were arrested while disrupting a presentation titled “Engineering Trees for the Biorefinery.”

Following the arrests and the threat of protest today, the conference went on high alert. This will be a disaster for the climate.”

Protesters rallied outside of the conference center for several hours, chanting slogans such as “GE trees – tear ‘em up, ArborGen – shut ‘em down!”

The Tree Biotechnology 2013 conference, organized by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), is taking place in Asheville from 26 May – 1 June.

Protesters vow that their protests against GE trees are just beginning, and will continue throughout the week of the conference and beyond.

Demonstrators echoed one of the arrested protesters from Monday: “We are sending a crystal clear message to the GE tree industry and its investors – expect resistance.”

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