Our report, Way too little, looks at the now widespread presence of nanomaterials in our food chain and how little Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) and other regulators are doing to ensure our safety.
“Very few people have looked beyond the shiny promise of nanotechnology to try and understand how this far-reaching new technique is actually developing. This report is an excellent glimpse inside, and it offers a judicious and balanced account of a subject we need very much to be thinking about.” Bill McKibben, author, environmentalist, founder 350.org
There is clear evidence that silver, and in particular nanosilver, is toxic to aquatic and terrestrial organisms, a variety of mammalian cells in vitro, and may be detrimental to human health. While undoubtedly silver and nanosilver have useful applications in the medical arena (for instance as coatings for medical devices or as wound care for severe burns victims), their use needs to be strictly controlled and the dictum ‘no data, no market’...
In the absence of mandatory product labelling, public debate or laws to ensure their safety, products created using nanotechnology have entered the food chain.
In one of the most dramatic failures of regulation since the introduction of asbestos, corporations around the world are rapidly introducing thousands of tonnes of nanomaterials into the environment and onto the faces and hands of hundreds of millions of people, despite the growing body of evidence indicating that nanomaterials can be toxic to humans and the environment.