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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.

A new branch of science is born!

A new branch of science is born!

As activists we all know how important science can be in the work we do. Whether we work on biodiversity issues, climate issues or on issues around emerging technologies, we are deeply immersed in and dependent on a world framed by scientific knowledge. Well, happy days, we now have a new scientific discipline. It’s ‘Regulatory Science’. In good Orwellian fashion, our regulators have decided to change our minds about their performance by changing the words that describe what they do. In a stroke of genius, presumably to counter criticisms...

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Australian regulators set to sneak new GM crops untested and unlabelled into our food

Australian regulators set to sneak new GM crops untested and unlabelled into our food

A new Friends of the Earth report reveals that our regulators are planning to allow foods derived from a range of new genetic modification (GM) techniques untested and unlabelled onto our supermarket shelves and that they have misled the Senate on the issue. Take action – tell Fiona Nash to rein in the regulators Large agrochemical companies such as Dow, Syngenta, Bayer and Monsanto have been investing in a suite of risky new GM techniques and arguing that they are not really GM in order to attempt to circumvent regulation and public...

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Academics challenge the privatised university

Academics challenge the privatised university

Academics from across Australia and New Zealand are descending on Brisbane for the next two days to discuss how to challenge the increasing corporatisation of universities, which is drastically reducing the quality of research and academic life. Challenging the Privatised University is being co-hosted by Friends of the Earth, the Ngara Institute, the NTEU, the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) and the National Alliance for Public Universities and aims to support the revitalisation of the public and intellectual importance of...

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Help us stop the Government from deregulating GMOs by stealth

Help us stop the Government from deregulating GMOs by stealth

Friends of the Earth is concerned that the Government’s moves to delete the definitions of GMO (genetically modified organism) and GM product from the Food Standards Act are an attempt to deregulate risky new genetic engineering techniques by stealth. Furthermore, it appears that the Government has not discussed these proposed changes with either the state governments or the New Zealand Government. The Food Standards Australia New Zealand Amendment Bill 2015 is scheduled for debate in the House today. There is a global push by the GM crop...

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Study raises more questions about the use of nanoparticles in food

Study raises more questions about the use of nanoparticles in food

Friends of the Earth has renewed its calls for a recall of food products containing nanomaterials following the release of a new study  which found that titanium dioxide (TiO2) in food is absorbed into the human bloodstream. The calls follow the release of independent testing results last week which found potentially harmful nanoparticles of titanium TiO2 and silica (SiO2) in a range of food products including M&Ms, Nestlé Coffee Mate Creamer, Old El Paso Taco Mix and Woolworths Homebrand White Sauce. The study’s authors have suggested...

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