FOEA Emerging tech Project

Gene-edited animals will intensify factory farming and could harm human health

As Australia is poised to become one of the first countries in the world to deregulate several new genetic modification techniques in animals, a new report highlights the urgent need for safety assessment and regulatory oversight. The Federal Government has tabled changes to the Gene Technology Regulations that will allow the unregulated use of a number of gene editing techniques in animals, plants and microbes. Senator Janet Rice has...

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Scientists discover antibiotic resistant bacteria genes in gene edited cattle

Scientists from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have discovered that cattle gene edited not to grow horns unexpectedly contain bacterial DNA. These include complete DNA sequences that confer antibiotic resistance. The study demonstrates how risky the Federal Government’s current proposal to deregulate a number of these new genetic modification (GM) techniques in animals, plants and microbes is. Louise Sales, Coordinator of Friends of...

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Changes to our Gene Technology Regulations threaten our $7.1 billion/yr wheat industry

Changes to the Gene Technology Regulations currently tabled in Federal Parliament will allow genetically modified (GM) wheat to be released in Australia with no safety assessment or traceability. The changes will leave the use of gene editing techniques such as CRISPR unregulated in animals, plants and microbes. Louise Sales, Coordinator of Friends of the Earth’s Emerging Tech Project said “besides the serious risks to the environment and human...

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Australian Government decision threatens 51 per cent of global organic land

Changes to the Gene Technology Regulations tabled in Federal Parliament threaten to undermine Australia’s status as the world leader in organic food production. The decision would leave the majority of new CRISPR and other gene editing applications unregulated. It would allow genetically modified (GM) ryegrass, sugar, potatoes, rice, soybeans, maize, mushrooms, fish, pigs and a host of other crops, animals and microbes to be released into the...

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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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