Debate 'Monoculture GE tree plantations for a sustainable energy transition?'

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Students, Employees, Alumni
20-11-2017 from 19:30 to 22:30
Film-Plateau, Paddenhoek 3, 9000 Gent
Research Group Economies, Comparisons, Connections
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Monoculture GE tree plantations for a sustainable energy transition? How Belgian technology development can impact South-American communities.

Under the banner of promoting the ‘bio-economy’, scientists of the Flemish Institute of Biotechnology (VIB) and Ghent University take part in a worldwide contest to genetically engineer trees in order to ease the conversion of wood into ‘biofuels’ or other products like plastics. Developers of genetically engineered (GE) trees claim these projects to contribute to a sustainable society.
Scientists are still very far from succeeding in making it happen; but if ever developed commercially, where are these trees going to be grown, to whose benefit, and what are the social and environmental impacts?
A discussion with Joanna Cabello (WORLD RAINFOREST MOVEMENT), Hanne Cottyn (Commodity Frontier Initiative, UGent), Ruben Vanholme (VIB), Nina Holland (Corporate Europe Observatory / Field Liberation Movement), Barbara Van Dyck (University of Sussex / Field Liberation Movement). Moderator: Robin Thiers (Conflict Research Group, UGent)

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