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Organic Agriculture and Nanotechnology

Jahanban, Leila and Davari, Mohammadreza (2014) Organic Agriculture and Nanotechnology. In: Rahmann, G. and Aksoy, U. (Eds.) Building Organic Bridges, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, 3, Thuenen Report, no. 20, pp. 679-682.

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Organic agriculture is a holistic production management system which promotes and enhances agro-ecosystem health, including biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. On the other hand, nanotechnology is a rapidly developing domain of research and practice, the terminology is in a state of flux and usage is evolving. Nano-applications are being applied across the entire agriculture and food sectors. In agriculture, for example, nano-pesticides and nano-sensors are changing the nature of agricultural production. In regard to use of nanotechnologies in organic production currently, there are no national or international regulation, definitions, licensing or declaration requirements. We are still a long way off from conclusively assessing nanotechnologies or individual substances with nanoparticles, since we do not yet have the toxiclogical and ecological bases to do this. In our view, all of nanotechnology applications should be evaluated case by case. Positive or negative lists seem to be a good tool to regulate the use of nanotechnology in organic agriculture.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:Organic farming,Organic foods, Nanotechnology, Standards
Agrovoc keywords:
Subjects: Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Values, standards and certification > Evaluation of inputs
Values, standards and certification > Regulation
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2014: 18th IFOAM OWC Scientific Track: 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference
Deposited By: Jahanban, Ms Leila
ID Code:23620
Deposited On:22 Oct 2014 14:33
Last Modified:22 Oct 2014 14:33
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:urn:nbn:de:gbv:253-201407-dn053621-1

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