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GLOBAL JUSTICE ECOLOGY PROJECT and BIOFUELWATCH TO PROVIDE EXPERT TESTIMONY to THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE
U.S. – On March 27, from 2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT, the Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP) will provide expert testimony regarding “Risks, Concerns, and Potential Problems Regarding the Use of Biotechnology to Address Forest Health” a webinar hosted by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Webinar speakers are:
Ruddy Turnstone of Global Justice Ecology Project: Turnstone is the GE Trees Campaign Coordinator for GJEP, and is on the International Steering Committee for the Campaign to STOP GE Trees. Her work has focused on the devastation tree plantations have on communities and ecosystems.
Dr. Rachel Smolker of Biofuelwatch: Dr. Smolker has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology and ecology from the University of Michigan, and has worked as a field biologist. Her research and writing has focused on biotechnology for biofuels and the “bioeconomy”, including GE trees and synthetic biology application to microbes and microalgae. Dr. Smolker is codirector of Biofuelwatch and on the steering committed for the Campaign to Stop GE Trees.
Anne Peterman of Global Justice Ecology Project: Anne Peterman is the co-founder and Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project. Peterman has been working for the protection of forests since 1989. She has participated in UN Climate Summits, Biodiversity Conventions and Forest Forums on five continents. She has investigated and documented the social, ecological and economic impacts of industrial tree plantations in Africa, South America and the US.
“This is a great opportunity to present the risks of attempting to engineer our forests,” said Peterman. “Full risk assessments of genetically engineered organisms as long-lived and complex as trees is not possible, and I look forward with discussing these complexities and the threats to our natural environment.”