In an article published in the International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, FoEA’s Georgia Miller argues that governments and industry have learned little from the mistakes they made in GM foods.

Lessons inlude the need to “ensur[e] that the public has confidence in risk governance, that social and ethical issues are addressed alongside basic issues of safety, that applications are seen to be socially useful, and that opportunity for a two-way dialogue between the public and decision makers is established early in nanotechnology’s development. Public engagement processes have identified that these issues are also important in relation to nanotechnology. And yet, despite the apparent importance attached to ‘getting it right’ this time around, there is a clear inconsistency between the ‘lessons learnt’ and the actions taken by government and industry”.