Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


DHgate

Home > Press > Canada Joins Ban on Nano in Organics

Abstract:
Canada has banned nanotechnology in organic food production. An amendment was added to Canada's national organic rules banning nanotechnology as a "Prohibited Substance or Method."

Canada Joins Ban on Nano in Organics

Canada | Posted on June 7th, 2010

The United States-based Organic Crop Improvement Association has added a clause to their organic standards to regulate the use of nanotechnology. Canada's national organic rules declared nanotechnology to be a "Prohibited Substance or Method", along with genetic engineering, synthetic pesticides, irradiation and cloned animals, among others.

Dag Falck, the organic program manager at Nature's Path Foods, said the reason for the ban was due to consumer concerns about nanotechnology, its incompatibility with organic principles, and because safety aspects of the technology are unknown. Falck said nanotechnology presents more potential problems than genetic engineering. "Genetic engineering is a definable science: splicing genes into crops. With nanotechnology there are at least 1000 different applications, all unregulated with unknown risks," he said.

However, banning nanotechnology in organic production presents challenges because it is already being used in some organic products such as pesticides.

The section in Canada's national organic rules where the amendment was addes lists substances or techniques that are prohibited in organic food production, including genetic engineering, synthetic pesticides, irradiation, and cloned animals, among others.

Canada joins several other countries that have either banned or proposed a ban on nanotechnology in organic including the United Kingdom's Soil Association, Biological Farmers of Australia, and Austrian organic certifier Austria Bio Garantie. The USbased Organic Crop Improvement Association has added a clause in their organic standard to regulate the use of nanotechnology.

Dag Falck, organic program manager at Nature's Path Foods, sponsored the comment banning nanotechnology in organics to the Canadian General Standards Board, which then voted for the ban.

####

For more information, please click here

Copyright © The Organic & Non-GMO Report, Volume 10, Issue 5 May 2010

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

New nanomaterial maintains conductivity in three dimensions: International team seamlessly bonds CNTs and graphene September 5th, 2015

Multi-million pound project to use nanotechnology to improve safety September 4th, 2015

Magnetic wormhole connecting 2 regions of space created for the first time: The device could have applications in medicine, opening up ways to make MRIs more comfortable for patients September 4th, 2015

Tongfang Global and QD Vision Partner to Bring Wide Color Gamut to Global Television Lines: Color IQTM quantum dots help boost company’s focus on superior color reproduction September 3rd, 2015

Govt.-Legislation/Regulation/Funding/Policy

New nanomaterial maintains conductivity in three dimensions: International team seamlessly bonds CNTs and graphene September 5th, 2015

Magnetic wormhole connecting 2 regions of space created for the first time: The device could have applications in medicine, opening up ways to make MRIs more comfortable for patients September 4th, 2015

Making nanowires from protein and DNA September 3rd, 2015

Making fuel from light: Argonne research sheds light on photosynthesis and creation of solar fuel September 3rd, 2015

Announcements

New nanomaterial maintains conductivity in three dimensions: International team seamlessly bonds CNTs and graphene September 5th, 2015

Multi-million pound project to use nanotechnology to improve safety September 4th, 2015

Magnetic wormhole connecting 2 regions of space created for the first time: The device could have applications in medicine, opening up ways to make MRIs more comfortable for patients September 4th, 2015

Making fuel from light: Argonne research sheds light on photosynthesis and creation of solar fuel September 3rd, 2015

Food/Agriculture/Supplements

Nanotech could rid cattle of ticks, with less collateral damage September 1st, 2015

Researchers use DNA 'clews' to shuttle CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool into cells August 30th, 2015

Nanotechnology that will impact the Security & Defense sectors to be discussed at NanoSD2015 conference August 25th, 2015

New Step towards Breast Cancer Treatment by Herbal Compounds August 23rd, 2015

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE



  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







Car Brands
Buy website traffic