FOEA Emerging tech Project

Parties disagree over regulation of new genetic modification methods

Responses to Gene Ethics’ election questionnaire show major policy differences between political parties on how new methods of genetic modification (GM) such as CRISPR should be regulated. Bob Phelps, the Executive Director of Gene Ethics, says “The Australian Greens, Science Party and Health Australia Party all agree genetically modified organisms produced using methods such as CRISPR should be assessed for safety before release into our...

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Government announces deregulation of new GM techniques day before election is called

On the day before the Federal election was called, the Government quietly announced changes to Australia’s Gene Technology Regulations that will allow a raft of new genetically modified (GM) animals, plants and microbes to enter our environment and food chain with no safety assessment and potentially no labelling. These include super-muscly pigs, non-browning mushrooms, and wheat with powdery mildew-resistance. The deregulation comes as a new...

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Genetically modified super-muscly pork could hit supermarket shelves soon

Changes to Australia’s Gene Technology Regulations announced yesterday will allow a raft of new genetically modified (GM) animals, plants and microbes to enter our environment and food chain with no safety assessment and potentially no labelling. These include super-muscly pigs, non-browning mushrooms, and wheat with powdery mildew-resistance. The deregulation comes as new studies show that these GM techniques are not as safe as claimed. Louise...

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New studies show gene editing causes widespread mutations

As state and territory ministers consider a recommendation by the Federal Government that would leave a range of new genetic modification (GM) techniques unregulated, new evidence shows that these techniques are not as precise and safe as has been claimed. The Federal Government has asked state and territory ministers to sign off on the proposed changes by 11th March. Two new studies in the journal Science looking at mice and rice show that...

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Consumers Union of Japan threatens to boycott Australian products if new GM techniques are deregulated

The Consumers Union of Japan has threatened to boycott Australian products produced using new genetic modification (GM) techniques such as CRISPR if these techniques are deregulated here. The Federal Government has asked states and territories to approve the proposed changes to our Gene Technology Regulations by 11th March. Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has refused to release draft advice on the likely trade...

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