Monthly Archives: September 2015

NZ: Medicos Oppose Irradiation

Physicans & Scientists for Global Responsibility: “recommends Food Standards Austria New Zealand (FSANZ) reject Application A1069. The food regulation review process of FSANZ has a legislated mandate to protect public health and safety. In approving this Application, FSANZ would not be meeting this duty of care. “The safety and nutritional integrity of the proposed irradiated foods is not determined. Irradiation… Read more »

How Industry Controls Debate

From Food & Water Watch: A year ago French microbiologist Gilles-Eric Séralini dared to take a critical look at the safety of genetically engineered crops. He found serious problems in the health of rats fed Monsanto’s NK603 corn, and his findings were published in a prestigious academic journal, following the normal peer-review process. His article shook up the scientific community,… Read more »

Workers Speak Out About Trans Pacific Partnershiip

Food Irradiation is a symptom of an unsustainable inequitable system… Who dictates food regulations – who controls the methods of production? We need to address both the symptoms and the causes! Watch this video of workers across the Pacific Rim speaking out against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, of which Australia is a negotiating member. The TPP has nothing… Read more »

Fracking and Food Don’t Mix

We already know that fracking threatens human health, the environment, and our communities. But it could also have a negative impact our food system and the farmers who work to feed our nation. Spills of toxic fracking chemicals can contaminate groundwater and cropland. These leaks could be harmful to livestock as well – last September StateImpact’s Susan Philips reported on… Read more »

40% of Food Gets Wasted: Scientific American

“The main issue is that consumers not only rely on food dates as a reason for tossing food that is still perfectly edible and safe, but they also seem to believe that all foods will be safe prior to the expiration dates, so they will continue to eat food that has actually been stored or handled unsafely.” “The report stems… Read more »

NZ Herald: Tomatoes Will Test Trust

Editorial: “Consumers of tomatoes, which means almost all of us, are about to face a test of our trust in science. The tomato bins in shops and supermarkets will soon be replenished with stock imported from Australia and, as we disclose today, it will have been decontaminated by radiation.” Read more here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10892295

NZ Kiwi Growers Concerned That Irradiation Will Affect Sales

Kiwi growers say people are worried about side-effects of irradiated food from Australia as NZ Ministry for Primary Industries will soon make a decision whether to allow the import of irradiated foods from Australia. “Horticulture NZ chief executive Peter Silcock says irradiated food is a concern for consumers. “The primary concern is what impact has radiation had on the product… Read more »

MR: Irradiated Tomatoes and Capsicums to be Sold Without Labels

Food Irradiation Watch Media Release May 23, 2013 Irradiated tomatoes and capsicums to be sold without labels Though no formal announcement has been made, comlaw.gov.au, the Australian Commonwealth law registry, indicates that permission to irradiate tomatoes and capsicums will be gazetted in to law today. http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2013L00809 “Weak labelling laws mean that irradiated tomatoes and capsicums may start to appear in… Read more »

Submission to FSANZ on the Irradiation of Tomatoes and Capsicums

In 2013 FSANZ decided to approve the irradiation of tomatoes and capsicums. Food Irradiation Watch, GeneEthics, MADGE and Friends of the Earth Australia supported a joint submission in favour of consumer rights and health over corporate gain. Read our full submission here. FIWTomato sub A1069 final  

Consumers Dislike GMO, Irradiation, Nano, Cloning: UK Survey Says

Confirming once again that consumers want clean and healthy food, a UK survey has found food safety concerns mostly involve new technologies. What the survey fails to note is that, without clear labeling, these food technologies are hard to choose to avoid. While people might read labels to avoid trans-fats and additives, even traditional means of telling if food is… Read more »