FOEA Emerging tech Project

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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Regulation of gene technology

The day before the Federal election was called, the Australian Government announced the deregulation of a range of new GM techniques it is referring to as Site Directed Nucleases 1 (SDN-1). These include certain uses of CRISPR. Our food regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has also proposed regulatory changes that would leave food produced using these risky new GM techniques unregulated.

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Parties disagree over regulation of new GM techniques

Responses to an election questionnaire circulated by Gene Ethics show major policy differences between political parties on how new methods of genetic modification (GM) such as CRISPR should be regulated. 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 environment and food chain. Yet the Coalition...

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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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