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Ag Policy Think Tank Urges USDA To Prohibit Use of Nanomaterials In Organic Food Production

October 16, 2010: 07:11 AM EST

The USDA’s National Organic Standards Board Materials Committee is asking the public to comment on a proposal that a symposium be conducted on whether the use of nanotechnology – controlling materials at the atomic or molecular level – is "possible, practical and legal" in organic production. Daily Planet columnist Ben Lilliston says “the idea that engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) would be allowed in certified organic food production … seems ludicrous on its face.” And the nonprofit Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) has submitted its comments on the issue, arguing against any assumption that federal regulators can effectively regulate ENMs in any food production, organic or conventional. The IATP urged the USDA  to “adopt a presumptive prohibition on ENMs in products that meet the organic standard."

Ben Lilliston, Think Forward, "Nanotech organic?", Daily Planet, October 16, 2010, © Daily Planet
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