On the UN International Day of Forests, the Belgian action group Field Liberation Movement (FLM) published a new animated video that explains the flaws behind the GMO poplar tree field trial taking place in the Flemish countryside. The GM poplars have been modified to be weaker, as researchers hope this will enhance their ability to serve as raw material for biofuels. The Flemish Biotechnology Institute (VIB) has applied for a patent on numerous tree species with this characteristic. The VIB is publicly funded, however it has multinationals like Syngenta, Bayer and BASF in its governing bodies.

Today the UN has themed the International Day ‘Forests and Energy’. But large-scale tree plantations are not biodiverse, and are not forests! They also lead to land grabbing, harming local and indigenous communities.