U.S., Brazil Nearing Approval of Genetically Engineered Trees

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. and Brazilian governments are moving into the final stages of weighing approval for the commercialisation of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees, moves that would mark the first such permits anywhere in the world.
The eucalyptus is a particularly lucrative tree, currently the most widely planted hardwood in the world and used especially to produce pulp for paper and paper products.

Despite industry claims to the contrary, critics warn that the use of genetically engineered trees would increase deforestation.

The approvals could also spark off a new era of such products, which wouldn’t be confined solely to these countries. (END//2014)

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