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Leaders oppose Terminator, Frankentrees

Dear Editor:Leaders of the world have made some important decisions regarding genetically engineered crops over the past two weeks at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity’s Eighth Conference of the Parties in Brazil. A majority of world leaders voted against the release of genetically engineered trees, referencing the possible spread of the plants into native forests. “Because there is insufficient scientific data regarding the biological impacts of transgenic trees, as well as an absence of socioeconomic and cultural impact assessments, it is good scientific practice to invoke the precautionary principle, which is enshrined in the CBD,” stated Dr. Ricarda Steinbrecher of the Federation of German Scientists. “This means no release of transgenic trees into the environment whilst this research is ongoing,” she added. A majority of world leaders also voted to maintain the moratorium on the “Terminator” technology, wherein plants are genetically engineered to produce sterile seeds, forcing farmers to purchase seeds year after year, rather than continuing traditional practices of saving seeds with each year’s harvest. The U.S. and other leading biotech nations voted in the minority for the spread of these technologies. Fred PulverCarbondale

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