FOEA Emerging tech Project

Mutant meat: will Australia deregulate genetically modified animals?

Australia is poised to become the first country in the world to deregulate the use of a range of new genetic modification (GM) techniques in animals that are being collectively referred to as ‘gene editing’. These new genetic engineering techniques, such as CRISPR, are being used, for example, to try to develop more muscular and disease resistant livestock that can be housed in intensive conditions without getting sick; and to produce animals...

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GM 2.0: Australian regulators engineering the truth

In recent years large agrochemical companies such as Dow, Syngenta, Bayer and Monsanto and other players have been investing in a suite of risky new genetic modification (GM) techniques, which industry refers to collectively as ‘New Plant Breeding Techniques’. Industry is arguing that these techniques are much more precise than older genetic engineering techniques – or even that they are not really genetic engineering at all – in order to...

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Nano-ingredients in sunscreen: the need for regulation

Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. Using sunscreen, along with protective clothing, a broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses and staying out of the sun in the middle of the day, is important to help reduce the risk of developing skin cancer. However, Friends of the Earth is concerned that some nano-ingredients in sunscreens may be doing more harm than good.

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