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June 4th, 2007
Agriculture and food workers question nanotechnology
The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers Associations (IUF) is an international federation of trade unions of workers in agriculture and crops, the preparation and processing of food and drinks, hotels, restaurants and catering services, and all phases of the production and processing of tobacco. It is a huge federation with a long history, stretching back to 1920. Today its membership is made up of 336 unions from 120 countries, representing a total of twelve million workers.
The Latin American Regional Secretariat of this federation (Rel-UITA) met in October, 2006, in Santo Domingo, for its 13th regional conference. With the presence of thirty-nine workers organizations from fourteen countries and ninety-five delegates a resolution was issued on nanotechnologies. In general terms, the declaration called for public debate, warning that products containing nanocomponents were being launched onto the market before civilian society and social movements had a chance to assess their possible implications in economic, environmental and social terms and their effect on human health.
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