Friends of the Earth's new report finds that untested nanotechnology is being used in more than 100 food products, food packaging and contact materials currently on the shelf, without warning or FDA testing.
What is 'Nanofood'?
‘Nanofood’ describes food which has been cultivated, produced, processed or packaged using nanotechnology techniques or tools, or food to which manufactured nanomaterials have been added.
Nanomaterials can be used as more potent food colorings, flavorings and nutritional additives, antibacterial ingredients for food packaging, and more potent agrochemicals and fertilizers. For example, nanomaterials can be in the packaging around your crackers, provide the color of the meat you buy, and supply the added nutrients in the shake you feed to your toddler.
Nanomaterials are an untested new technology and not well researched. The long term repercussions of using them in our food are not known. Nanoparticles have been shown in preliminary studies to be more chemically reactive than larger particles and when they find their way into our bodies, they can potentially wreak havoc. We also don't know how much we can safely ingest without harm, but we do know that some studies have already shown that nanomaterials can adversely affect our immune system.
What you can do right now
- Ask for mandatory labeling of all nanofoods. Labeling is required to enable people to make an informed choice about whether or not to eat them.
- Buy local and organic; avoid processed foods as much as you can.
Call for the right to say "No" to nanofoods.
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