Our new report reveals that at least 104 food, food packaging and agricultural products containing nano-ingredients are now on sale internationally. These include diet replacement milkshakes, cooking oil, tea and fortified fruit juice; food additives sold for use in processed meats, soft drinks, bakery and dairy products; long-life and antibacterial food packaging; and antibacterial kitchenware.
Australian academics have published a wide-ranging analysis (download paper below) of nanotechnology’s likely transformation of food and agricultural systems. Dr Gyorgy Scrinis and Dr Kristen Lyons write: "Nanotechnology is attracting large-scale investment from global food corporations, is backed by academic science, and has captured financial and ideological support from many governments around the world … This industrial and scientific collaboration strategically place the corporate sector to shape the research trajectory and commercial applications of nanotechnology, and the future of agri-food systems".
Concerned about nano? Have your say! The NSW Parliament is now holding a public inquiry into nanotechnology. This is one of the first opportunities members of the public and civil society groups have been given to make comment on Australia’s handling of nano issues. The deadline for submissions is Friday 28 March. Click here for information about the terms of reference and how to make your submission.