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Nanotechnology: The Next Challenge for Organics

Paull, John and Lyons, Kristen (2008) Nanotechnology: The Next Challenge for Organics. Journal of Organic Systems, 3 (1), pp. 3-22.

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Nanotechnology is the fast growing science of the ultra small; it is creating engineered particles in the size range 1 to 100 nanometres. At this size, materials exhibit novel behaviours. Nanotechnology is a rapidly expanding multibillion dollar industry, with research being heavily promoted by governments, and especially the US. Nanoscale materials are already incorporated into more than 580 consumer products, including food, packaging, cosmetics, clothing and paint. Nanotechnology has been cited as the foundation of a new “advanced agriculture”. This technology is advancing without nano-specific regulation and without labelling while, at the same time, public confidence in government regulatory agencies, and in the safety of the food supply, is declining. There is an opportunity, perhaps an imperative, for the organic community to take the initiative to develop standards to exclude engineered nanoparticles from organic products, just as GMOs have been excluded previously.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:nanotechnology, nanoparticles, nanoscale materials, nano-pollution, organic agriculture, organic farming, organic food, regulation, labelling, IFOAM, risks, opportunity, standards.
Subjects: Environmental aspects
"Organics" in general
Values, standards and certification > Regulation
Values, standards and certification
Values, standards and certification > Evaluation of inputs
Values, standards and certification > Consumer issues
Values, standards and certification > Assessment of impacts and risks
Research affiliation:Australia > Australian National University
Australia > Griffith University
Deposited By: Paull, Dr John
ID Code:13569
Deposited On:19 Jun 2008
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:37
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:ISSN 1177-4528

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