FOEA Emerging tech Project

Emerging technologies and corporate control

Regulation has all too often lagged behind technology development and commercialisation. Often new innovations aren’t banned or regulated until after they have been proven to be harmful – and even then corporations frequently and fiercely resist regulation. DDT, thalidomide, asbestos, cane toads are all classic examples of what can go wrong when innovation is driven by corporate interests, the precautionary principle is not applied, and...

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Synthetic Yeast

The recent announcement of the creation of the first synthetic yeast chromosome sent shockwaves through the scientific community. Scientists claim this and other applications of synthetic biology will allow us to understand lots more about how our own human cells function. However, we can be certain that biotechnology corporations will steer these new technologies towards anything which will potentially create profit, ignoring any potential...

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Safe Sunscreen Guide update

In September 2012, Friends of the Earth selected several Australia sunscreens which we hoped were free from untested and unsafe nano-ingredients. We submitted these sunscreens for testing by the Government’s National Measurement Institute, with the hope of being able to offer some non-nano sunscreen options to stay sun-safe, while avoiding participating in the nano-experiment. Sadly, all the tested sunscreen products were found to contain...

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Intergovernmental forum recommends precautionary principle for manufactured nanomaterials

Seventy governments, 12 intergovernmental organisations, and 39 non governmental organisations participating in Forum VI of the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS) in Dakar, Senegal last week adopted a statement on nanotechnology and manufactured nanomaterials that explicitly backed use of the precautionary principle. During the forum delegates heard presentations on possible health effects from exposure to nanoparticles,...

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