Food & Technology

Tell Chris to keep regulating CRISPR

All genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are now assessed for safety and regulated. But the Australian government is tearing up regulations that are there to protect us.
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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. These changes will become law unless the Senate disallows them. The decision would leave the majority of new CRISPR and other gene editing applications unregulated.
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Leading gene editing experts call for a moratorium on its use in humans

By Louise Sales The Australian government is once again asking states and territories to sign off on proposed changes that would allow scientists to use new genetic modification techniques such as CRISPR in animals, plants and microbes with no regulation.
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Parties disagree over regulation of new genetic modification methods

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.
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Government announces deregulation of risky new GM techniques the day before the election is called

On the day before the Federal election was called, the Government quietly announced changes to Australia’s Gene Technology Regulations that will allow a raft of new genetically modified (GM) animals, plants and microbes to enter our environment and food chain with no safety assessment and potentially no labelling. 
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Genetically modified super-muscly pork could hit supermarket shelves soon

Changes to Australia’s Gene Technology Regulations announced yesterday will allow a raft of new genetically modified (GM) animals, plants and microbes to enter our environment and food chain with no safety assessment and potentially no labelling. These include super-muscly pigs, non-browning mushrooms, and wheat with powdery mildew-resistance.
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New studies show gene editing causes widespread mutations

As state and territory ministers consider a recommendation by the Federal Government that would leave a range of new genetic modification (GM) techniques unregulated, new evidence shows that these techniques are not as precise and safe as has been claimed. 
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Media release: Agriculture Ministers to discuss deregulating genetically modified animals

At today’s Agriculture Minister’s Forum, State and Federal Agriculture Ministers will discuss proposed changes to our Gene Technology Regulations that would make Australia the first country in the world to deregulate genetically modified animals.
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Genetically modified babies? What next?!

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last week (and we wouldn’t blame you), you’ve no doubt heard about He Jiankui – the rogue Chinese genetic engineer.
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Australia set to deregulate genetically modified animals

Australia could become the first country in the world to deregulate the use of new genetic modification (GM) techniques in animals. The techniques, known as ‘gene editing’, will be considered when State and Federal Governments meet at the Legislative and Governance Forum on Gene Technology meeting in Adelaide this Thursday.
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