New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries is currently carrying out a consultation exercise on a National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF). GE Free New Zealand is concerned that the NES-PF would loosen restriction on genetically engineered trees.
On 9 April 2015, the Brazilian Technical Commission on Biosafety (CTNBio) approved the commercial use of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees. This is the first approval of GE trees in Latin America. The application came from FuturaGene, a subsidiary of pulp and paper company, Suzano.
Last week, 300 peasants from Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) occupied a meeting of the National Technical Biosafety Commission (CTNBio) and prevented a vote on the release of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees.