Keep Nanotechnology Out of Organic!
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To tell the USDA that you want the National Organic Standards Board to take a strong stand against the use of nanotechnology in organic food.
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A major reason why consumers shop for products that are certified organic is to avoid the hazardous and unlabeled Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), toxic chemicals, and now the most recent, and likely most dangerous hi-tech poison of them all: nanotechnology.
Nanotechnology is now a multi-billion dollar Frankenstein monster industry churning out a vast menu of untested and unlabeled products containing tiny nanoparticles including non-organic vitamin supplements, food packaging, processed food, cosmetics and sunscreens.
Over the objections of the OCA and thousands of our members, on November 5, 2009, the National Organic Standards Board decided to table the recommendation to prohibit nanotechnology in organic. The NOSB member who fills the scientist slot, Katrina Heinze of General Mills, delayed the process by insisting that the Board consider a compromise position that wouldn't exclude nanotechnology from organic altogether, but would classify it as a "synthetic" that could be petitioned for use in specific instances.
Nanotechnology is inherently dangerous. Mounting scientific evidence indicates that nanomaterials produce dangerous "free radicals" which can destroy or mutate DNA and can cause damage to the liver and kidneys. Nanotech particles not only injure and kill lab animals--they can kill you as well.
Every day, new evidence of the dangers of nanotechnology emerges:
* Workplace nanoparticle exposure was linked to seven cases of serious and progressive lung disease in China – including two deaths.
* Nanoparticles present in a chemical found in sunscreens - titanium dioxide - are being examined as possibly causing Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.
Please tell the USDA that the NOSB should ban untested, unlabeled and hazardous nanotechnology products and ingredients in organic food by signing this petition.
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