Threat from Genetically Engineered Forests?

April 28th, 2013
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Econintersect:  Critics of the introduction of genetically engineered plant species argue that many of the long-term effects are are unknown and may be irreversible.  Planetary ecosystems may be put in danger or destroyed is the contention of those voicing alarms.  The most publicity has been given to discussion of whether genetically engineered foods may have health issues for humans.  But some scientists are urging caution at the introduction of genetically engineered trees into naturally created forests.  They suggest there is a risk of turning the largest diverse biospheres of the planet into biologically sterile expanses.

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[View video hosted by award winning geneticist Dr. David Suzuki after the Read more >> jump.]

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The role of genetically engineered plants in a biosphere can be compared to that of an invasive species.  Think of Kudzu, the weed that stole the south, as an example.  Native species can be crowded out and historical ecological balances destroyed.

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