FOEA Emerging tech Project

FoE Australia magazine tackles the big questions about the science of the small

The nanotechnology issue of Chain Reaction, Friends of the Earth’s quarterly magazine, provides a great introduction to this powerful new technology. Chain Reaction tackles all the hard issues that industry and government are attempting to ignore in the emerging nano debate. Who controls nanotechnology? Whose interests is nanotechnology being developed in? Who benefits? Who bears the risks? Who gets to decide what our future world looks like?

Chain Reaction provides thought-provoking articles on all the big issues nanotechnology raises – for democracy, the military, the environment, food and agriculture, health, global trade, medicine and more.

To subscribe to Chain Reaction (four copies a year costs $22 within Australia), or to order individual copies of the nanotechnology issue (for $5.50 each), please email Chain Reaction at

Or send a cheque/ money order made out to Chain Reaction to: Chain Reaction, PO Box 222, FITZROY VIC 3065. To pay by credit card, please call the FoE campaigns office in Melbourne: 03 9419 8700.

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Nano analysts call for strong regulation of nanotoxicity, but ignore risks to democracy

Amid growing reports of nanotoxicity (download briefing below), in an effort to bolster public confidence in nanotechnology, top nanotechnology analyst and advocate Lux Research Inc has called for strong regulation of nanotechnology’s environment, health and safety (EHS) risks. However beyond calling for redulation of risks associated with nanotoxicity, Lux Research has failed to address bigger picture concerns that nanotechnology will result in large-scale social and economic upheaval and greater corporate control over the building blocks of life. Lux Research has also ignored calls for genuine public involvement in decision making about nanotechnology.

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Bio to Nano: Technology, Risk & Democracy

The scientific and business community are still struggling to understand the global public rejection of genetically engineered (GE) foods, and with the growing discourse around the risks and disruptive impacts of nanotechnology, many are becoming increasingly worried that history is about to repeat itself.

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