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Nanoparticles showing up in thousands of consumer products
03-16-2011, 06:18 AM,
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Nanoparticles showing up in thousands of consumer products
Quote:(NaturalNews) Since 2006, the use of nanoparticles in consumer products has skyrocketed by over 600 percent. Nanotechnologies, which involve the manipulation of elements and other matter on the atomic and molecular scale, are now used in over 1,300 commercial and consumer products. And that number is expected to jump nearly three-fold by 2020. But are these nanoparticles safe for humans and the environment, particularly when used in food-related applications?

According to data provided by the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN), a group formed in 2005 for the purpose of "creat[ing] an active public and policy dialogue" on nanotechnology, nanoparticles are now used in everything from car batteries and appliances, to aluminum foil and non-stick cookware. The "Food and Beverage" section of PEN even includes various vitamin and mineral supplements that contain nanoparticles, as well as McDonald's hamburger boxes.

Many people believe that nanotechnology may be "the next industrial revolution," but is the technology really safe? Just like genetically-modified organisms (GMO), nanotechnology has never been proven to be safe for humans or for the environment. Deconstructing and reassembling molecular components and injecting these altered molecules back into our clothing, furniture, cars, and food is really more of a giant experiment in human health than it is a successful technological breakthrough.

A 2004 study found that nanoparticles cause brain damage in fish and other aquatic species exposed to them. And the ETC Group, an international organization devoted to conservation and sustainable advancement, actually called for a moratorium on the production of nanoparticles back in 2002 after a European Parliament paper warned about their toxicity (http://www.organicconsumers.org/foo...).

A 1997 study put out by Oxford University and Montreal University linked titanium dioxide and zinc oxide nanoparticles in sunscreen to causing free radical and DNA damage in skin. And numerous other studies have found that nanoparticles are easily absorbed by cells, where they cause other untold harm within the body.

According to PEN, the majority of nanotechnology applications are in the "Health and Fitness" cateogory, which includes the use of nanoscale silver for its antimicrobial properties. Ironically, health authorities have mocked those who use colloidal silver and other similar products for antimicrobial and other health purposes, but now that silver is being used as part of nanotechnology, it is myseteriously becoming widely accepted and showing up in all kinds of products without warning.

In 2008, the National Research Council, one of the National Academies in Washington, DC, stated that none of the nation's 18 government bodies, including the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have ever proven the safety of nanotechnology prior to its widespread use. Despite $14 billion in government and private investment, there is not one shred of basic evidence that shows how nanoparticles are even absorbed and metabolized by the body, and yet they are used in thousands of consumer products that are ingested or applied on skin .

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03-16-2011, 08:25 AM,
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RE: Nanoparticles showing up in thousands of consumer products
Macro or Micro, GMO, Natural or Synthetic the FDA has dropped the ball and proven corrupt time and time again. The fact that nanotechnology has entered the marketplace is irrelevant and should be evaluated on a case by case basis.

That said, regulating nanotech in one big swath is fairly all-encompassing as the Chinese (Taiwan) owned and run Natural News is spouting.

Time for the FDA model to shape up or ship out.

We are in need of an accountable, independently funded or perhaps a volunteer consumer/public body to provide legitimate uncomprimised reports with relevant information that would assist in making purchase decisions.

There also needs to be some study on how GMOs, chemicals, natural and engineered substances interact with ourselves and our ecology.

The current economic model for fast gains and eye on the prize development turnaround could use some serious tempering and re-evaluation not to handcuff its development it but out of pure prudence and a bit of responsibility.

You know we'll be looking back in 20 years at all the havoc that wireless technology and cell phones, plastics and construction materials, drugs and food, monoculture and certain GMO derivations. We need have the tools in place yesterday to deal with the problems on the table right here right now so future generations don't have to bear the brunt of our lack of initiative. Now.. while things are plausibly in our grasp given a bit of intelligence, organization and a lot of effort.

Make some calls, get some people together and at least start discussing it in your community. Ball's in your court.
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