David Suzuki: GE trees pose environmental threats

| | May 7, 2013
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Deforestation is already an enormous problem, and the last thing we need is to further stress our precious native forests and the flora and fauna that depend on them.

A documentary A Silent Forest: The Growing Threat, Genetically Engineered Trees  hosted by David Suzuki, an award-winning geneticist and author of 52 books, discusses how GE trees may adversely impact ecological systems on a grand scale, with potentially catastrophic effects.

As Dr. Suzuki explains, the problem with genetic engineering has to do with the fact that GE plants and animals are created using horizontal gene transfer (also called horizontal inheritance), as contrasted with vertical gene transfer, which is the mechanism in natural reproduction.

Read the original article here:  GE Trees May Be Even More Damaging to the Environment than GE Foods


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