FOEA Emerging tech Project

GM animals will intensify factory farming and may harm our 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.   Take action! Keep GM animals off our farms   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...

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Prominent Tasmanians warn of threat to GMO moratorium

Federal Independent MP Andrew Wilkie, Senator Nick McKim and smallholder and writer Matthew Evans have joined forces to warn that proposed amendments to the Federal Gene Technology Regulations will undermine Tasmania’s GMO moratorium. The Tasmanian Government recently extended its GMO moratorium by 10 years, with support from all the major political parties. However, the proposed amendments will exclude a whole class of GM techniques from...

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Changes to our Gene Technology Regulations will put us all at risk

The Australian government is tearing up regulations that were put in place to protect us from potentially dangerous genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Changes to the Gene Technology Regulations currently tabled in Federal Parliament will leave the majority of new CRISPR and other gene editing applications unregulated and allow anyone to genetically modify animals, plants and microbes – posing major risks to the environment and human...

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Antibiotic resistant bacteria genes found 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 resistance to three different antibiotics. 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.   Take action:...

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Some great news

We’ve had a fantastic breakthrough in our campaign to try to stop the Federal Government from tearing up regulations that are designed to keep us safe. Last week, Greens Senator Janet Rice submitted a motion to disallow proposed changes to the Gene Technology Regulations that would leave risky new genetic modification techniques such as CRISPR unregulated.   Now, we need your help The Australian Labor Party will be critical to ensuring...

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