Current Press Releases

Senate should disallow GM deregulation

11 November 2019

Gene Ethics calls on all Senators to disallow the Gene Technology Amendment (2019 Measures No. 1) Regulations 2019 when it comes to a vote in the Senate on Wednesday November 13.

All genetic manipulation (GM) processes and products - including all new CRISPR gene-editing techniques and the GM animals, plants and microbes created - must now be notified to the Office of Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) for assessment and licensing, before any release.

“But the government’s deregulation would allow the release of GM organisms into our food supply and environment without testing or expert assessment,” says Gene Ethics Director, Bob Phelps.

MR 19/08/19: Plan to end GM-free status betrays SA parliament and people

19 August 2019

The South Australian government’s plan to end the state's GM-free moratorium by amending regulations would betray the parliament and the people of the state. The ban on commercial Genetically Manipulated (GM) canola until 2025 has broad public and farmer support and should remain in place as parliament intended.


GM deregulation threat to 51% of global organic land

16 August 2019

Amended Gene Technology Regulations tabled in Federal Parliament would undermine Australia’s world leading organic food production. Many new CRISPR and other gene editing methods would be unregulated.

GM super-muscled pork may hit supermarket shelves soon

15 August 2019

Changes to Australia’s Gene Technology Regulations announced yesterday will allow a whole category of new GM animals, plants and microbes to enter our environment and food chain with no safety assessments or labelling. They already include super-muscled pigs and non-browning mushrooms.


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