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Japan Resources – No 174

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This year CUJ celebrates its 50th anniversary.

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Contents:

From the Editors: 50th Anniversary of CUJ

Request Regarding Smart Meters

CUJ Public Comment about Genome Editing Techniques for Food

Essay: GM in Europe vs. Japan

Open Letter to Australia: Please Regulate New GM Technologies Strictly

Japan Resources – No 173

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This time, we consider large international meetings, and wonder if they are effective enough. There seems to be problems with making progress both in the areas of climate change and biological diversity.

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Contents:

Please Stop Selling Wheat Flour with Glyphosate Residue

CUJ Environment Working Group

Consumer Affairs Agency holds explanatory meeting for GM food labelling changes

What is Behind the Cheap Bananas?

Report from the COP-MOP 9 Meeting (CBD COP 14) in Egypt

New Videos on Channel Nishoren Now on Youtube!

Japan Resources – No 172

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This time, we wonder if there isn’t more we can all do to help fight the obvious changes in climate, that caused extreme heat and strong typhoons this year.

We hope you will continue to stay updated with CUJ’s activities and news on our English website, and support our campaigns!

Contents:

International Symposium: Report from South Korea Meeting About Labelling of GM Food

In the News: “Gov’t committee’s GMO deregulation proposal too hasty: consumer groups, experts”

Essay: The Bizarre World of Plastics

Fact Sheet: Status of Genome Editing in Japan

Channel Nishoren Now on Youtube!

 

Japan Resources – No 170

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In this issue we ask, “What if…?” Trade policies should support local production and local consumption. Health and education policies should prioritize the best interests of consumers and citizens. Well, that is not always the case, as with the controversial TPP agreement and new genetic engineering research.

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Contents:

Statement: Japan’s Consumers See No Merits from TPP

2018 GMO-Free Zone Movement Report

Who Pays for Genome Editing and Gene Drive Research?

”Consumer Rights” vs. “Consumer Life”

Soaring Cost of Vegetables Won’t End Soon

E-cigarettes: A new health risk, and the same old story?

Summary: CBD Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Synthetic Biology

Anti-Fragrance Campaign Booklet & Poster Published

Please download the PDF file or read it here on our English website!

Who Pays for Genome Editing and Gene Drive Research?

Controversial new genetic engineering technologies are being explored by researchers. Many doubts remain and the critics want a ban or a moratorium, especially on gene editing on human embryos. There is strong concern about letting out animals or insects, like mosquitos, into the wild. Genetically modified mosquitos are in fact only one of the first in a long line of projects. For example, genome editing and gene drives can be used to eradicate entire populations of animals. There are “terminator” projects underway to alter cattle so that only male offspring are born. No females. It is not difficult to imagine that it would become possible to do the same with certain groups of humans.

Now we are learning the scary truth about the secret financial backing for gene drives and other forms of genome editing. In early December, 2017 activists at Third World Network could reveal emails reporting how the US military is the top funding agency, having spent 100 million US dollar on gene drive research. The emails show that the shadowy US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the key funder of efforts to develop gene drive mice. Also, lobbying funding has come from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“Gene drives are a powerful and dangerous new technology and potential biological weapons could have disastrous impacts on peace, food security and the environment, especially if misused,” said Jim Thomas of ETC Group. Dana Perls of Friends of the Earth, U.S. notes: “Gene drives could have profound ecological, health and socio-economic impacts.” It makes a lot of sense to step up our campaign against these dangerous technologies. I’m proud of Consumers Union of Japan for taking the lead in this battle. We need more people and consumers to become aware of this difficult issue.

Read more:

ETC Group: The Gene Drive Files

MIT Technology Review: Meet the Woman Using CRISPR to Breed All-Male “Terminator Cattle”

IFOAM: The global organic food and farming movement calls for the regulation of new genetic engineering techniques as GMOs

Nature.com: CRISPR, the disruptor

(English version of Martin’s essay published in CUJ’s Shouhisha Report No. 1605, January 2018)