FOEA Emerging tech Project

Don’t let Monsanto get their way!

The genetically modified (GM) crop industry is pissed off. It’s been over 20 years since the introduction of the first GM crops to Australia and the majority of our food remains GM free – because quite frankly we don’t want to eat GMOs. However, the GM crop industry has a plan. Aided and abetted by the Federal Government they have four key objectives this year: Ensure that new GM techniques such as CRISPR are not regulated as GMOs – so they can...

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Confused about nanoparticles in baby formula?

We are not surprised. There have been a number of recent articles in the media slamming the recent independent testing Friends of the Earth commissioned and the concerns that we raised regarding the particles that we found. Just for clarity, the nanoparticles that internationally recognised nanometrologists from Arizona State University found were a very specific form of calcium phosphate – the needle like form of nano-hydroxyapatite. This...

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Urgent recall of baby formula products needed

Friends of the Earth has called on the Assistant Minister for Health David Gillespie to intervene after our food regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) revealed yesterday that it would take no action to remove infant formula products containing illegal and potentially dangerous nanoparticles from supermarket shelves. Take action: demand an urgent recall When Friends of the Earth raised concerns last year that illegal...

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Illegal and potentially toxic nanoparticles found in baby formula

Independent testing commissioned by Friends of the Earth has found nanoparticles in popular Australian infant formula products that are both illegal in Australia and potentially dangerous. Three of the seven samples tested contained nano-hydroxyapatite particles. Nano-hydroxyapatite has been found to cause cell death in the liver and kidneys of rats and is prohibited from use in infant formula in Australia in any form. Friends of the Earth are...

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FSANZ ignores evidence of nano titanium dioxide toxicity

According to a recent French peer-reviewed study, there are growing concerns that the use of nanoparticles in food is associated with an increased risk of chronic intestinal inflammation and cancer. The study found that consumption of food grade titanium dioxide (TiO2 – E171) containing nanoparticles caused pre-cancerous lesions in rats – raising serious questions about its use in food. The French Agency for Food, Environmental and...

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