Biodiversity

Life on Earth originated around 4 billion years ago. While it initially existed only in the oceans, it later spread to the land and atmosphere. Since then, an unfathomable number of species have evolved, around half of which are insects. Numerous plant and animal species have yet to be documented, and many new ones are being discovered every day.

While we are only just beginning to understand the web of interdependencies between organisms, humans are jeopardizing our planet’s highly complex ecosystems and their inhabitants by clearing forests, overfishing the oceans and overfertilizing agricultural land. Air pollution and increasing levels of acidity in the oceans are having profound consequences.

The pace of extinction has accelerated to the point that species are vanishing before we even have a chance to discover them. Find out more here.

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DNA in the forest Genetically engineered chestnut trees are a threat to nature. (© Paul Hartley & mevans / istockphoto.com - Collage RdR)

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NO to genetic engineering in our forests!

The biotech industry wants to make genetic engineering acceptable by touting it as the key to saving endangered species. In reality, it it is unleashing a massive, irreversible experiment with unforeseeable consequences for the environment. We can’t let this go ahead – tell the US Department of Agriculture to say NO to Frankentrees!

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To: US Department of Agriculture – Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS)

“Releasing fertile, GMO American chestnuts into the wild is a massive, irreversible experiment with unforeseeable consequences. It must be stopped.”

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