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.
Changes to the Gene Technology Regulations currently tabled in Federal Parliament will leave most uses of CRISPR and other gene editing tools unregulated. This means anyone can use these methods to genetically modify animals, plants and microbes without telling our Gene Technology Regulator. This regulatory vacuum poses major hazards to the environment and human health.
The Gene Technology Amendment (2019 Measures No. 1) Regulations 2019 will become law on 8th October 2019, unless the Senate disallows them. Please contact the Shadow Health Minister Chris Bowen to demand that all GMOs continue to be assessed for safety before any release into the environment and our food supply.
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