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Contact FSANZ and demand an urgent recall of any baby formula containing risky nanoparticles.

Nanoparticles found in common food products

Nanoparticles found in common food products

Independent testing has found potentially harmful nanoparticles in a range of food products.

Cloud zapping

Cloud zapping

Ok, climate change – and the lack of concerted global action – demands some radical thinking, but some ideas are beyond the pale. Geoengineering, the manipulation of the earth’s systems in order to address climate change, is crazy enough. It has been born out of an abject failure to address the causes of climate change and to insist on the behavioural and cultural changes that are needed. It is an attempt to find a technological solution to allow business as usual, when business as usual is what put us in this mess in the first place....

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Permanently changing a species: What could go wrong?

Permanently changing a species: What could go wrong?

No commercial or environmental release of gene drives, says Friends of the Earth. The National Academies of Sciences has released a new report, which calls for robust safety assessments for “gene drive modified organisms.” The NAS says the controversial new genetic engineering technology is not ready for release into the environment. These genetic engineering technologies under development go far beyond genetic engineering as we’ve seen it, and raise threats to food security, biodiversity and human safety. The NAS describes gene drives as...

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This time FSANZ has gone too far!

This time FSANZ has gone too far!

Our food regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has misrepresented the findings of two independent reports it commissioned on the safety of nanomaterials in food and food packaging. The reports were supposed to have been completed by June 2015 but were never released. On 27th May 2016 Friends of the Earth submitted an FOI request to FSANZ for these reports and associated documents. Six days after the request was filed FSANZ released the reports – claiming that the reports concluded “none of the nanotechnologies described...

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The PM’s Innovation Strategy fails the public good test

The PM’s Innovation Strategy fails the public good test

Innovation has long been embraced uncritically in Australia at all levels. Governments embrace innovation with a kind of cargo cult mentality that if one innovates, prosperity will fall from the sky. And we’re at it again. Under the leadership of Malcolm Turnbull, innovation has once again become the buzz word of the moment and once again it is embraced without policy underpinnings except commercial opportunity. Innovation without a focus on the public good is simply yet another subsidy for corporate interests and an incentive to produce,...

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FSANZ takes no action on nanoparticles in baby formula

FSANZ takes no action on nanoparticles in baby formula

Recent independent testing found risky nanoparticles deemed unsafe for use in toothpaste in baby formula available online in Australia. In response, Friends of the Earth is calling for an urgent recall of any baby formula containing these nanoparticles until safety testing is undertaken. So what has our regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) done about it? Unfortunately, precious little it would appear. In it’s response to our concerns FSANZ has stated that none of these nano-ingredients are permitted in baby formula sold in...

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