Stop industry writing the rules on GM

Stop industry writing the rules on GM

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Documents revealed under Freedom of Information laws show that the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has been colluding with industry for years to deregulate a range of new genetic modification (GM) techniques. And now the rest of us have just 6 weeks to make the case why they should be regulated!

If the OGTR deregulates these new GM techniques there will be no monitoring or surveillance. Anyone from amateur biohackers - to industry - to terror groups would be free to use them to genetically modify plants, animals and microbes. Entirely new diseases and poisons could be made. And they ...

Documents revealed under Freedom of Information laws show that the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has been colluding with industry for years to deregulate a range of new genetic modification (GM) techniques. And now the rest of us have just 6 weeks to make the case why they should be regulated!

If the OGTR deregulates these new GM techniques there will be no monitoring or surveillance. Anyone from amateur biohackers - to industry - to terror groups would be free to use them to genetically modify plants, animals and microbes. Entirely new diseases and poisons could be made. And they could enter our food chain and our environment with no safety testing and no labelling. The risks could be catastrophic.

Reviews commissioned by the Austrian and Norwegian governments concluded that not enough is known about the risks posed by these new GM techniques. They recommended that products derived from them require comprehensive case-by-case risk assessments.

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Please take a few minutes to tell the OGTR why you think these techniques should be properly regulated. You can view the OGTR’s discussion paper here.

You can read more about these techniques and the potential risks posed by them here.

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Here are some suggested questions you could answer in your submission:

Should:

  • All new GM techniques be regulated to protect human health and the environment?
  • Products derived from all new GM techniques be labelled?
  • The offspring of GMOs that have theoretically not inherited the GM trait be assessed for safety? Should their products be labelled?
  • Amateur biohackers be allowed to use GM techniques on living organisms in unregistered laboratories with no regulation?