FOEA Emerging tech Project

What will be the future of food?

The global pandemic has exposed the flaws in our current highly concentrated, inequitable, industrial food system. At this moment, we stand at the crossroads with two starkly different, and fundamentally incompatible, visions for the future of food. One leads us to resilience, regeneration, and justice for communities, biodiversity, and our climate. The other entrenches current health, social and economic inequities, and worsens our climate and...

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Feral cats aren’t the biggest threat to our native wildlife

A new study by the Northern Territory Government’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) suggests that feral cats aren’t as great a menace to the Top End’s native mammals as previously thought. The study comes as the Federal Government conducts an inquiry into the problem of feral and domestic cats in Australia and considers the use of dangerous gene drive technology to try to control their numbers. While it is politically...

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‘Miracle cows’ highlight risks of gene editing

They were the poster children of the gene editing revolution. In 2014, the US company Recombinetics announced they had developed gene edited hornless dairy cattle. They argued that the genetic modification was just a small genetic ‘tweak’ and that their cattle shouldn’t be subject to onerous safety assessments or regulation. Really this was just a way of speeding up natural breeding – or ‘precision breeding’ as...

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Geoengineering threatens Oceans

High-risk geoengineering projects are violating UN moratoria Members of a global coalition of 195 organisations in 45 countries are raising the alarm about the threat of geoengineering to delicate, life-sustaining ocean ecosystems worldwide. The Hands Off Mother Earth (HOME) Campaign is calling on civil society and government officials worldwide to vigorously oppose marine geoengineering experiments. A recent announcement of the first open-air...

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What will the future of our food look like?

Last weekend, I attended an expert roundtable on food security hosted by the Commission for the Human Future. Everyone was in broad agreement that our current agricultural system is in crisis. Decades of intensive agriculture are eroding our soils, drawing down our aquifers and are a major contributor to our current biodiversity crisis. Inspiringly, we were also in broad agreement about the solutions. We rapidly need to transition to...

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Dirty deals done dirt cheap

Labor went into the last election with a promise to keep South Australia’s genetically modified crop moratorium. Many South Australians voted for them on this basis. And now they’ve turned their back on the majority of farmers who want to grow GM-free food and all of us who want to eat it. Labor have stitched up a deal with the South Australian Government to lift the GM moratorium with no protection for non-GM farmers whose crops are...

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