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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.

Modifying the truth

Modifying the truth

Remember how the biotech industry has told us for years that all crops are genetically modified (GM) and that GM is just an extension of what farmers have been doing for millennia? Well now they’ve changed tack and are claiming a range of new GM techniques aren’t really GM at all. Referred to innocuously as ‘new plant breeding techniques’ or ‘gene editing’, there is a global push by the GM giants to deregulate these techniques. By arguing that these techniques are precise and not really genetic engineering at all, companies are attempting to...

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OECD calls for urgent research into risks from nanomaterials in household waste

OECD calls for urgent research into risks from nanomaterials in household waste

In a new report on nanomaterials and waste, the OECD has expressed concern that too little is being done to control the rapidly expanding presence of nanomaterials in the waste stream. The dramatic increase in the number of products containing nanomaterials has resulted in a significant increase in the quantities of nanomaterials entering the waste system. Waste treatment methods and facilities are not generally able to remove these nanomaterials and they are ending up in our water and soil. Many of these nanomaterials, such as titanium...

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Welcome to the corporate state

Welcome to the corporate state

In pursuit of its extreme neoliberal agenda, our Federal Government is steadily dismantling our regulatory systems and destroying public interest science. It needs to stop. Two recent developments are encouraging signs that regulators in some countries are actually starting to grapple with how to address the rapidly increasing use of nanomaterials in consumer products. Canada has implemented a reporting requirement for products containing nanomaterials – following the US and several EU countries; and the EU has just finalised its rules...

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FSANZ prioritises private interests over public health

FSANZ prioritises private interests over public health

Friends of the Earth recently published test results showing that – contrary to the claims of our food regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) – nanomaterials are present in foods in Australia. They are widespread, untested, unapproved and unlabelled, despite us having laws that require novel food ingredients such as these to go through pre-market safety testing and approval. FSANZ has published a response to our test results on its website. FSANZ’s statement is an extraordinary mix of deception and elaborate...

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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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