When is organic not organic? When nanoparticles are involved.
The FDA has just released its draft guidance for regulated industries describing what to consider when determining whether a product uses nanotechnology or nanomaterials. The comment period is open for 60 days.
Last year we reported on nanotechnology, the process of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. As we said then, it has no place in organic food. Like genetic modification, it is the antithesis of the organic concept. Canada has already amended its national organic rules to ban nanotechnology in food production as a “Prohibited Substance or Method.”
The FDA seems to be trying to avoid any offense to Big Food. The agency emphasizes that it is not providing a regulatory definition of nanotechnology—merely guidance to get more clarification on the issue of what counts as nanotechnology and what doesn’t. And of course, the guidance makes no mention of organic foods.
The FDA needs to state explicitly that nanotechnology has no place in organic food production. There is nothing complicated about that. Please contact the FDA today and make your views known!
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Ed. Note: “Nanoparticles are readily taken up by many types of cells in vitro and are expected to cross the blood-brain barrier that [normally] excludes many substances that might harm the brain,” notes research scientist, Ellin Doyle.
A recent British study observed that anything smaller than 100 nm poses even greater health risks because it can “access all areas of the body” and can even penetrate the nucleus of cells — which holds the DNA.
Nanotech does NOT BELONG in any food, whatever the label.
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