FOEA Emerging tech Project

New studies show decision to deregulate gene editing was flawed

Last year, the Federal Government decided not to regulate a range of new genetic modification (GM) techniques referred to as Site Directed Nucleases 1 (SDN-1) in animals, plants and microbes. This means these organisms can be released into our environment with no requirement for any safety assessment. The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) argued that organisms produced using these techniques “present no different risk than...

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Geoengineering threatens Oceans

High-risk geoengineering projects are proceeding in violation of UN moratoria MONTREAL, SYDNEY, UTQIAGVIK, SANTIAGO—On World Oceans Day, members of a global coalition formed by 195 organizations in 45 countries are raising the alarm about the threat of geoengineering to delicate, life-sustaining ocean ecosystems worldwide. The Hands Off Mother Earth (HOME) Campaign today called on civil society and government officials worldwide to vigorously...

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Gene edited animals pose serious potential risks that need to be assessed

Scientists have been quick to underplay the risks associated with bacterial DNA being accidentally incorporated into the genomes of ‘gene edited’ bulls that were used to breed Australian cows. However, the bacterial genes found in the bulls conferred resistance to three different antibiotics commonly used in both cattle and humans. Louise Sales from Friends of the Earth’s Emerging Tech Project said, “there is a risk that these resistance genes...

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Risky GM dairy products could soon enter our supermarkets with no safety assessment or labelling

A Victoria based company – Total Livestock Genetics – has bred dairy cows from ‘gene edited’ bulls whose genomes have since been found to unintentionally contain bacterial DNA. Furthermore, our food regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has proposed regulatory changes that mean milk from these cows could enter our supermarkets with no safety assessment or labelling. Louise Sales, Emerging Tech Project Coordinator...

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