Government announces deregulation of risky new GM techniques

Government announces deregulation of risky new GM techniques the day before the election is called
Apr 18, 2019

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.

These include super-muscly pigs, non-browning mushrooms, and wheat with powdery mildew-resistance.

The deregulation comes as a new study adds to the growing body of evidence that new GM techniques such as CRISPR are not as safe as claimed.

The study found that in 50 per cent of the cells looked at, the use of CRISPR resulted in unexpected effects, including the production of new proteins.

There is a risk that these proteins could be novel toxins or allergens. It is vital that GM animals, plants and microbes produced in this way are assessed for safety before being released into our environment and our food supply.

Commenting on the new study, London-based molecular geneticist Dr Michael Antoniou said, “The discoveries described in this study add to the increasing number of ways in which gene editing can go wrong. Regulators need to fully take on board these and other findings of off- and on-target unexpected outcomes from gene editing and subject all products produced with these methods to a comprehensive health risk assessment before considering market approval.”Read more >>

10th national GM Free Aus Alliance Conference: Feb 10th & 11th

You are invited to express your interest

Participate in the 10th national GMFAA Conference

9am Saturday Feb 10 to 5pm Sunday Feb 11,
at the Joinery,111 Franklin St, Adelaide SA 5000.
Join delegates from WA, SA, Tas and Victoria.
Express interest and we’ll send you the whole agenda.
More information:
GMFAA Coordinator, Jessica Harrison
GM-Free Australia Alliance Inc more >>

The Latest on GM Free Campaigns * Sat Feb 10th

GM-Free Australia Alliance
invites you to network with
SA and interstate GM-free campaigners

Saturday 10th February, 3-5pm at the Joinery, 111 Franklin St, Adelaide SA 5000
  • Threats of new GM techniques and products: with Louise Sales, FoE
  • GM-free SA successes: where to from here? Bring your ideas!
  • Promote local GM-free farms and foods, for local, Australian and export markets
  • Network with allies in seed saving/food/environment organisations

SA GM-free Election Forum — Mon 12 Feb

Bob Phelps writes:
Hello all SA GM-free supporters:
Please come to hear your politicians speak and answer your questions on GM-free before the election. 
Please also share this message with your family and friends. We really need a full house!!
   Candidates pitch their policies on GM-free SA and GM generally.
        You quiz them on the actions their Parties will take after the election.

Where:    Carl Linger Hall
Level 1, The German Club

223 Flinders Street, Adelaide, SA 5000

When:   6.45pm for a 7pm start on Monday February 12, 2018
How:    7 pm  The moderator introduces the evening.
7.10   Each candidate has 10 minutes to explain policy on SA GM-free.

7.50   Audience and moderator Q&A.

8.45   Summations, closing remarks and thanks.

Ag Minister Leon Bignell (ALP),
David Ridgway (Libs),
Mark Parnell (Greens),
Nick Xenophon (SA Best).

Make your free bookings here to secure a seat:

Civil society rejects GMOs at Food and Agriculture Organization meeting

Asian_rice_farmer.jpegCivil society representatives firmly rejected genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as a means of addressing world food security at a recent Food and Agriculture Organization meeting in Malaysia. The event was funded by the pro-GM US, Canadian and Australian Governments.

Civil society representatives from the Global South rejected the premise of the event that improved access to agricultural biotechnologies are needed to help defeat hunger, malnutrition and poverty in the Asia-Pacific region.

The focus of the discussion was supposed to be on sustainable food systems for small farmers – not on increasing yields to generate more money from small pieces of land. However, the majority of the supposed ‘solutions’ presented at the meeting were GMOs – including many new GM techniques still at proof of concept stage that have not been subject to any kind of safety assessment.

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