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FRANKENTREES UNDER SEIGE!
29 Mar 2000
Frankentree campaign launched at Bio2000's doorstep. Something stinks in Castle Frankenstein.
As the sun rose over Genetown Monday morning activists from the Native Forest Network (NFN) and ACERCA gathered in the plaza next to Castle Frankenstein,home of the biotech industry's international conference. The activists were on hand to announce the launching of an international campaign against Frankentrees and in support of native forests.
With NFN banners in the background and Bio2000 conferees passing by, Orin Langelle of ACERCA announced to the press and TV cameras that the campaign was being christened at the same time as Bio2000 was having its symposium on Frankentrees, titled: "New Trees Grow Closer: The Ecological, Ethical and Scientific Issues of Forest Biotechnology". New trees may be growing closer, but as far as these forest activists were concerned, NO trees will be growing on Frankentree plantations when people discover the potential ecological dangers inherent in such technologies.
Also on hand were representatives from the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) whose recent successful Home Depot campaign convinced the giant building supply chain to stop using old-growth lumber. RAN will be joining ACERCA, NFN and the World Rainforest Movement of Uruguay in the Frankentree campaing. Representative of Bio2000 and the Frankentree industry were not available for comment.
Uncomfirmed reports say that some sort of stinkbomb was released inside Castle Frankenstein during the "New Tree" Symposium by unknown assailants. There has been no further information regarding that event. However, it comes as no surprize that a technology that stinks as much as the genetic engineering of Frankentrees should attract such kinds of activity.
See also:
http://www.nativeforest.org
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