Emerging Tech

Register suggests widespread unregulated use of nanomaterials in agriculture in Australia

The revelation that large quantities of nanomaterials are being used in agricultural chemicals in France has brought into serious question claims made by the Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), that nanomaterials are currently not being used in agricultural chemicals in Australia.

FSANZ fails to consider the safety of nanomaterials in food packaging review

In a stunning example of regulatory capture and ignoring the precautionary principle when it comes to protecting human health, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has decided not to assess the risks of the chemical migration of nanomaterials into food because it doesn’t know enough about them.

Australia must support a precautionary approach to synbio at COP12

As global governments meet to discuss synthetic biology (synbio) at the Convention on Biological Diversity meeting (COP12) in South Korea, Friends of the Earth is calling for a moratorium on the commercial release of synthetically modified organisms (SMOs) until a legally binding international framework for synbio is developed and implemented.

Take Action! Email the Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt and ask him to ensure that Australia supports a precautionary approach to synbio at COP12

Friends of the Earth launches Emerging Technology Project

For almost a decade the Nanotechnology Project has been fighting for regulation and environmental, health and safety testing that doesn’t lag behind technology development and commercialisation. Too often new innovations aren’t banned or regulated until after they have been proven to be harmful – and even then corporations frequently and fiercely resist regulation.

Emerging technologies and Corporate control

Published three times a year, Chain Reaction is the national magazine of Friends of the Earth Australia.

The winter 2014 edition is a feature on emerging technologies like nanotechnology, synbio, geoengineering and GMOs.

You can read it here.

Another Broken Promise: FSANZ Fails to Ensure the Safety of Foods Containing Nanomaterials

22 May 2014

Our new report, Way too little , looks at the now widespread presence of nanomaterials in our food chain and how little Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is doing to ensure our safety.

What we have found is shocking. There has been a dramatic increase in the use of nanomaterials in food, food additives, supplements, food packaging, food contact materials and agricultural chemicals.

ACCC refuses to tackle widespread misleading conduct in the sunscreen industry

The ACCC has refused to take action against two sunscreen ingredient manufacturers, Antaria and Ross Cosmetics, for misleading conduct, despite clear evidence that the two companies sold nanomaterials as ‘non nano’ and ‘nanoparticle free’. Some of Australia’s biggest sunscreen brands were misled by Antaria and Ross and repeated their non-nano claims - including products such as Cancer Council Classic, Invisible Zinc Junior and Body sunscreens, Coles Sports and Woolworths Clear Zinc.

Safe sunscreen update

We continue to receive calls and emails about our safe sunscreen guide. Sadly, we have not issued one for this summer because we still haven't found a non-nano sunscreen that we can recommend to the public, and to make matters worse some companies are lying and claiming to be non-nano when they aren't. And the ACCC have made it clear they don't intend to do anything about it!

Nanoparticles in tattoo ink could cause cancer

Monday, 4 November 2013

Friends of the Earth have called for the urgent regulation of nanoparticles and other chemicals in tattoo ink after researchers from the UK’s University of Bradford have warned that some tattoo inks could cause illnesses, including cancers.

Evidence has been found that nanoparticles from the ink can leave the skin - most likely via blood and lymphatic vessels - and be transported to other organs of the body. Scientists are concerned that toxins in the dyes may accumulate in the spleen or the kidneys.

Conclusions that nano-ingredients in sunscreen are safe are premature

Recent media reports that “nanoparticles in sunscreen are harmless” on the basis of a recently published study don’t reflect the paper’s own conclusions nor the current state of the science.


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