For Immediate Release
More than One Thousand Women Take Over Suzano Pulp & Paper Mill to Protest Genetically Engineered Trees and Eucalyptus Plantations
New York - More than one thousand women from the Rural Landless Workers Movement (MST) took over a pulp mill owned by Suzano Paper company in Murcuri, in Bahia, Brazil  to protest the company's large-scale, industrial eucalyptus plantions and future plans for genetically engineered (GE) trees.
Anne Petermann, Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP), which coordinates the international Campaign to STOP GE Trees stated that
In a Campaign to STOP GE Trees press release  addressing this decision to legalize GE trees in 2015, Geneticist Dr. Ricarda Steinbrecher, co-Director of EcoNexus and member of the Federation of German Scientists stated,
The USDA is currently considering a petition by GE tree company ArborGen requesting permission to sell hundreds of millions of GE eucalyptus seedlings across the Southeastern U.S. In response, more than 280,000 comments were submitted  to the USDA demanding they reject GE trees. A decision from the USDA is expected sometime in the next year.
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