GMWatch: First open source detection test for a gene-edited GM crop

GMWatch: Eerste door iedereen te gebruiken test om een gene- edited gewas, (nieuwste vorm van gentech) in dit geval een gentech koolzaadplant die bestand is gemaakt tegen een bestrijdingsmiddel op te sporen. Dr. John Fagan heeft hier o.a. aan meegewerkt. Lees de peer reviewed paper. (=wetenschappelijke verhandeling die is nagekeken door andere wetenschappers). Dit is heel goed nieuws omdat het VK deze nieuwe gewassen na de Brexit niet geëtiketteerd en ongetest op de markt wil brengen.

Details Published (source): 07 September 2020 Twitter

“We have developed this test because authorities have failed to do so” – German association Food without Genetic Engineering (VLOG)

A group of non-governmental organisations, non-GMO food associations and a food retailer have announced that the first-ever public detection method for a gene-edited crop has been successfully developed and published.[1] The gene-edited crop in question is a herbicide-tolerant rapeseed produced by US company Cibus (SU Canola).

The new research refutes claims by the biotech industry and some regulators that new genetically modified (GM) crops engineered with gene editing are indistinguishable from similar, non-GM crops and therefore cannot be regulated.[2] Some such claims are published here.
 
The new method detects a herbicide-tolerant rapeseed variety that was developed using gene editing, a new form of genetic engineering. It allows European Union (EU) countries to carry out checks to prevent this unauthorised GM crop from entering EU food and feed supply chains illegally. Until now, EU countries were unable to test their imports for the presence of this GM rapeseed, which is grown in parts of the US and Canada.

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Watch a video on this development here.
 

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Petition for a ban on the release of gene drive organisms

Een petitie vanuit Duitsland bestemd voor de hele EU:

Allemaal tekenen tegen de nieuwe gentech technieken, die in staat zijn het DNA (erfelijke eigenschappen) van een levend organisme, dier of mensen blijvend te veranderen en in staat is hele levensvormen te laten verdwijnen. En die als het aan Engeland ligt na de Brexit niet onderzocht en niet gelabeld hoeven te worden. Eenmaal in het milieu losgelaten is er geen weg meer terug! Vraag om een moratorium (tijdelijke stopzetting)! EU-burgers zeg nee! Een ernstige zaak!

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Gene drive organisms are perhaps one of the most dangerous environmental applications of genetic engineering ever developed: Enabled by new genetic engineering techniques such as CRISPR/Cas9, the genetic make-up of living organisms can be fundamentally altered and the natural rules of heredity can be overridden. In this way, wild species can be genetically modified, replaced or even eradicated. Once released into nature, gene drive organisms would be irretrievable. Any field trial would potentially be highly risky. In the worst case scenario the release of gene drive organisms into nature could accelerate the extinction of species and lead to the collapse of entire ecosystems. We call on the German Federal Government, to use its EU Council Presidency in the second half of 2020, to bring about a Europe-wide ban on the release of gene drive organisms and to make good use of its role as the chief negotiator for the EU at the next Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in October 2020 to prevent the first releases of gene drive organisms into nature.

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New global threat from GMOs

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The Institute for Responsible Technology, 11,1K Abonnees. “If the biotech industry and their government supporters have their way, thousands upon thousands of labs will introduce countless altered species. Collectively, they can replace nature. Take action at www.ProtectNatureNow.com“.

Urgent message for all Australians

Latest news:

Senator RICE (Victoria) (15:30): I move: That the Gene Technology Amendment (2019 Measures No. 1) Regulations 2019, made under the Gene Technology Act 2000 , be disallowed [F2019L00573].

Division: NOES 42 (29 majority) AYES 13 PAIRS 0

Forwarded message:

Thanks so much if you contacted your Senators to demand they ensure that all genetically modified organisms (GMOs) continue to be assessed for safety. The Senate will vote on the issue this Wednesday (13th) and Labor Party support will be vital. Unfortunately, the Shadow Health Minister Chris Bowen has said Labor won’t support the Greens disallowance motion – and we need to change this.

Can you give him a call on 02 6277 4822?

Alternatively you can send him a tweet

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The organic industry and the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility last week joined the growing number of voices warning of the potentially disastrous consequences of these regulatory changes. They mean that new GM techniques such as CRISPR can be used in our environment and food chain with no requirement for safety assessment or traceability.

Please tell Chris to regulate CRISPR!

Thanks so much for your support,
Louise Sales
http://www.foe.org.au/

See also: here to take action today! Deadline tomorrow!

We, The European GMO-free Citizens together with famous Dutch actress, artist and writer Wieteke van Dort send him this message yesterday:

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Details Published: 17 September 2019, link.

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Moratorium op “Gene Drives”voorgesteld door 9th GMO Free Regions Conference

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GMO Free Regions Conference calls for a moratorium on “Gene Drives”
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More than 200 participants from GMO Free Regions throughout Europe, as well as guests from North-America, Asia, New Zealand and Africa (35 nations in total) met in Berlin to discuss new an old challenges of genetic engineering in agriculture as well as the environment at large.

Crispr Cas moratorium voorgesteld door GMO free Regions 2018
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Friends of the Earth Australië: CSIRO and the University of Adelaide use Gene Drive experiments to drive species to extinction

CSIRO and the University of Adelaide are being paid by the US military to conduct genetic experiments to drive species to extinction.

A raft of emails obtained through a Freedom of Information request (The Gene Drive Files) have revealed that researchers at CSIRO and the University of Adelaide are part of a US military funded global network researching a risky new genetic modification (GM) technique referred to as gene drives. The intention is to use the technique to drive certain pest species – such as mice – to extinction in certain areas. More..

Take action: Oppose these proposed changes, read how here.

Read their briefing on CSIRO’s gene drive research.

View the Department of Health discussion paper.

Source:  Friends of the Earth Australia.

Korte tekst in het Nederlands volgt hierna.

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