FOEA Emerging tech Project

APVMA still has head in the sand regarding use of nanomaterials in agrichemicals

A new report released by our agricultural chemicals regulator the Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) this week shows that they are still failing to address the risks posed by the use of nanomaterials in agrichemicals. The regulator still claims nanomaterials are not being used in agrichemicals in Australia despite clear evidence to the contrary. Louise Sales, Emerging Tech Project Coordinator with Friends of the...

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APVMA fails to address risks of nanomaterial use in agriculture

As the Australian Pest and Veterinary Medicine Authority (APVMA) attempts to grapple with the issue of nanomaterials in agricultural chemicals, Friends of the Earth have warned that unregulated nanomaterials are already being used in agriculture in Australia – posing unacceptable risks. Late last week the APVMA released a discussion paper on regulatory options regarding the use of nanomaterials in agricultural chemicals. The paper identified...

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New study shows nanoparticles in sunscreen may harm marine life

A new study shows that nanoparticles of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and zinc oxide in sunscreen can react with sunlight to harm phytoplankton. Phytoplankton are microscopic marine plants and an important food source for small fish, shrimp, and whales. Louise Sales, coordinator of Friends of the Earth’s Emerging Tech Project, said “phytoplankton are the basis of the entire marine food chain. These results, coupled with recent research suggesting...

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Major parties missing in action on nanotechnology regulation

Whilst the Australian Greens have pledged their support for a mandatory register of all nanomaterials in commercial use in the lead up to the Federal Election, the other major parties appear to be missing in action when it comes to regulating the risks associated with nanotechnology. Louise Sales, Nanotechnology Project Coordinator with Friends of the Earth said “the past year has seen the Federal Government slash funding for the CSIRO and Safe...

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Government’s Nanotech and Energy “Dialogue” one-sided

Friends of the Earth have raised concerns that a Government sponsored “dialogue” on nanotechnology and energy to be held in Brisbane today, risks only telling one side of the story. Five nanotechnology scientists have been invited to speak, yet experts on the potential risks associated with the technology have not been given a platform. Dr Gregory Crocetti from Friends of the Earth’s Nanotechnology campaign said “Nanotechnology scientists with...

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