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Kinko's Agrees Not to Use GE Trees in its Copy Shops

Press Release

For Immediate Release March 13, 2003

Contact: Brad Hash or Anne Petermann (802) 863-0571
Mobile: (802) 598-8374

Kinkos Policy Major Step Toward GE Tree Eradication

Dallas, Texas--On Tuesday, March 11, Kinkos, the photocopy giant,
announced that it would not align itself with suppliers using
genetically engineered trees. This policy is the first of its kind
regarding genetically engineered trees and is a groundbreaking step
toward the elimination of the severe ecological threats posed by
genetically engineered trees.

"We laud this decision by Kinkos and congratulate Rainforest Action
Network and the Dogwood Alliance on this important victory," said
Brad Hash, Campaigner on Genetically Engineered Trees for Action for
Social & Ecological Justice. "I believe this is the beginning of a
ripple effect that will be contagious throughout the industry," he

Action for Social & Ecological Justice launched its campaign on
genetically engineered trees in March of 2000. Since then, ASEJ has
led the movement against GE trees, moving the issue out of virtual
obscurity and making it a major focus of forest protection and
genetic engineering groups nationwide.

Beginning in the fall of 2002, ASEJ held regional strategy sessions
in the four regions of the country most heavily involved in
genetically engineered tree research and development. These four
meetings were followed by a national strategy session where plans
were laid for a major corporate campaign against GE trees. Groups
involved in this national strategy session included Rainforest
Action Network, the Dogwood Alliance and Forest Ethics.

Action for Social & Ecological Justice will publicly announce its
corporate target during the Latin American Solidarity Conference in
Washington, DC during the second week of April. The LASC conference
was chosen as the launching point due to the impending threats GE
trees pose to Latin American forests and indigenous peoples. The
campaign will include national days of action at key locations
across the US.

The threats of Genetically engineered trees include the loss of
millions of acres of native forests, disruptions of insect, bird and
wildlife populations, contamination of water and soil, and increased
use of herbicides and pesticides. GE trees will also lead to the
inevitable and irreversible contamination of native forests with
genetically engineered pollen in a perpetual domino effect.

ASEJ's 24 page peer reviewed report on the threats of genetically
engineered trees is available.


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