Action Alert: Let The USDA-APHIS Know Your Opinion About The Release Of Genetically Engineered Diamondback Moths And Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees

Source: Institute For Responsible Technology

Diamondback Moth

A permit application has been filed with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for the release of genetically engineered diamondback moths in New York.  Read more...  
To go to the USDA comment page, use this link:

Availability of an Environmental Assessment for the Field Release of Genetically Engineered Diamondback Moths

Genetically Engineered Diamondback Moths

A permit application has been filed with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for the release of genetically engineered diamondback moths in New York.  To comment, go to

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) in response to an environmental release permit application (APHIS Number 16-076-101r) received on March 16th, 2016 from Dr. Anthony Shelton of Cornell University1 to allow the field release of genetically engineered (GE) diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella) strain OX4319L-Pxy on a release site within the grounds of the Cornell University New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES). The release site for this EA consists of an experimental field, up to 10 acres in size, within which there will be a single point at which the open air release will occur2. The applicant would additionally be conducting caged field studies in the area defined as the release site, but outside of the Brassica plot containing the single release point. In subsequent years, the specific location of the release site within the NYAES may change due to crop rotation practices; hence this EA considers locations covering the entire NYSAES as the action area.  To read more, go to

 Eucalyptus Trees

Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees

ArborGen, Inc.  with headquarters in Ridgeville, South Carolina, wants "non-regulated status" for their genetically engineered eucalyptus trees.  As required by law, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has published the draft Environmental Impact Statement with a public comment period.  To comment, go to

To read more about the threat of industrial tree plantations, see this article from the Center for Food Safety.

GE trees would threaten forests and communities throughout the U.S. Southeast–known by activists as "ground zero" for the development of GE trees.

The Southeastern U.S. has been the world's number one producer of wood pulp with one in five forested acres converted to industrial pine plantations. The region's forests are now also being logged for wood pellet exports to UK coal plants.

"GE tree plantations are a false solution, not the magic cure-all to climate change and deforestation promised by the wood products and energy industries," added Cristina Stella, an attorney with the Center for Food Safety. "GE trees would contaminate and destroy natural forests; reduce biodiversity; pollute water; endanger the health of workers; and negatively affect local communities. CFS is committed to using our extensive legal and policy expertise in GE organisms to prevent these impacts."

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