Magazine article New Internationalist

Teeny Tiny Terror

Magazine article New Internationalist

Teeny Tiny Terror

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Nanotechnology - the manipulation of particles at microscopic levels - is being used in food additives, colourings and packaging, and governments are ignoring the risks, according to Georgia Miller, co-ordinator of the Friends of the Earth Nanotechnology Project. Multinationals such as Kraft, Nestlé and Unilever all have active nano-research programmes but are not legally obliged to inform anyone when they move them into commercial use. Miller reckons that regulators are being outpaced by the commercialization of nano-foods: 'Three and a half years ago, the Royal Society [the world's oldest scientific institution] demanded rigorous safety tests, but nano-particles are still being treated in the same way as larger particles. Yet they are more potent and can more easily penetrate our bodies' cells. …

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