Public investment into the research and development of nano-technologies has surpassed $50 billion and averages $10 billion a year. ETC Group brings a new report: The Big Downturn? Nanogeopolitics. ETC Group’s Executive director Pat Mooney explains why this report is so important, “Nanotechnology is a case in point, having been rolled out with virtually no government oversight or public debate.”
Excerpts from the report:
What is Nanotechnology? Nanotechnology speaks solely to scale: Nano refers to a measurement, not an object. A “nanometer” (nm) equals one-billionth of a meter. Ten atoms of hydrogen lined up side-by-side equal one nanometer.
Key to understanding the potential of nanotech is that, at the nanoscale, a material’s properties can change dramatically… materials can exhibit new characteristics – such as electrical conductivity, increased bioavailability, elasticity, greater strength or reactivity…
Tell Gov to ban Nanoparticles in food and pesticides
Nanoparticles cross the blood-brain barrier, posing a significant threat to human DNA and that of other life forms. Currently, the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Environmental Protection Agency allow nanoparticles in pesticides and in the food supply, with no regulation whatsoever….
Tell the federal government to ban these particles under the precautionary principle until they are proven safe: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0197-0031
NanoAction advises, “Nanotechnology is a powerful new platform technology for taking apart and reconstructing nature at the atomic and molecular level. Just as the size and chemical characteristics of manufactured nanoparticles can give them unique properties, those same new properties–tiny size, vastly increased surface area to volume ratio, high reactivity–can also create unique and unpredictable human health and environmental risks.”
In 2008, NanoAction filed a petition… The hundred-page petition calls on EPA to: regulate these nanotechnology products as new pesticides…
Last month, the FDA finally released draft guidelines – which are voluntary — and is seeking public comment.
This month, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy has reissued the call for public comments on this dangerous new technology. In their report, Racing Ahead: U.S. Agri-Nanotechnology in the Absence of Regulation…..