Food and Technology

Friends of the Earth is a strong supporter of sustainable technologies such as solar power, wind farms, and energy efficient devices. However, we believe technology development should serve community needs—not simply corporate and military interests—and should pay heed to the precautionary principle.

We believe public scrutiny of the environmental and social impacts of new technologies it essential and support community involvement in technology assessment and public policy development.

In early 2005 FoE Australia established the Nanotechnology Project in response to the rapid development of the nanotechnology industry with little or no critical debate or regulatory oversight.

In 2014 we expanded the scope of the project to include other emerging technologies. These include synthetic biology and geoengineering, which both operate in a similar regulatory vacuum, and pose grave potential threats to human health and the environment.

Our vision

  • Friends of the Earth believe technology development needs to better serve community needs – not simply corporate and military interests.
  • We actively encourage, where culturally appropriate, a vegan diet.
  • Friends of the Earth opposes geoengineering because of the potentially catastrophic consequences of experimenting with the climate system that sustains life on Earth.
  • Friends of the Earth is calling for a moratorium on the commercial use of nanomaterials until the risks associated with the use of nanotechnology are properly assessed and its safety established.
  • Friends of the Earth is calling for a moratorium on the release and commercial use of synthetic organisms, cells, or genomes until the risks associated with the use of this technology are properly assessed and its safety established

Friends of the Earth Groups currently working towards our vision

FoE Emerging Tech Campaign

Melbourne Food CoopFood Irradiation WatchGM Free Australia AllianceGene Ethics


Food & Technology News

Friends of the Earth believe all people have the right to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods and that technological advances need to be proven safe before they are deployed.

Scientists from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have discovered that cattle gene edited not to grow horns unexpectedly contain bacterial DNA. These...
All genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are now assessed for safety and regulated. But the Australian government is tearing up regulations that are there to...
Changes to the Gene Technology Regulations tabled in Federal Parliament threaten to undermine Australia’s status as the world leader in organic food production. These...