The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) plans to deregulate a range of new dangerous new genetic modification techniques such as CRISPR.
Late last week, while the entire media was consumed with the High Court ruling on dual citizenship, the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) quietly emailed stakeholders with itsÂ proposed changesÂ to Australiaâ€™s Gene Technology Regulations. These would deregulate new genetic modification (GM) techniques such as CRISPR, classified as â€œweapons of mass destruction and proliferationâ€ in theÂ annual worldwide threat assessment reportÂ of the U.S. intelligence community. They would also make Australia the first country in the world to deregulate genetically modified animals.
If the OGTR deregulates these new GM techniques anyone would be free to use them to genetically modify plants, animals and microbes. They could enter our food chain and our environment with no safety testing and no labelling. The results could be catastrophic.
More info: FoE’s Emerging technology website