>Date: Mon, 2 Aug 1999 12:13:55 -0500
>From: "Drusha L. Mayhue" <email@example.com>
>Subject: You've got to be kidding!!!
>------------------------- CCL-DISCUSSION Message ---------------------------
>>From CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY, Biodiversity Alert # 196:
>SILENT SPRING 2: THE TERMINATOR TREE
>Shell and Monsanto are developing a new tree for the future, known as the
>"GM Tree." This tree will not provide food for bugs, birds, or mammals.
>This tree will not have flowers, produce pollen, or yield any fruits
>whatsoever, it won't even reproduce itself. They claim the tree will be the
>perfect timber producer. Their vision is huge plantations of sterile,
>fast-growing, bug-proof trees. They claim this will relieve, the pressure
>on natural forests to produce the worlds demand for lumber.
>However, current lumber producing plantations do not even come close to
>relieving the pressure. Ecologists and environmentalists are concerned that
>GM Tress will only increase the demand to replace vast acres of natural
>forest with lifeless trees.
>Field testing of these trees has already begun in the United States and
>Europe. What would spring be like in a future with out biologically diverse
>forests? No birds chirping, no cicadas buzzing, and no squirrels and
>chipmunks calling, just silence.
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