Vienna, Austria (SPX) Jun 25, 2012 - Thilo Hofmann, dean elected at the Faculty of Geosciences, Geography and Astronomy of the University of Vienna.
"Solution or threat for a cleaner and greener agriculture?"
"Nano-pesticide research is emerging at high speed at the agrochemical labs, however, this topic has not reached public awareness or state authorities so far, nor are any products available at the marked.Nano-pesticides encompass a great variety of products, some of which are already on the market. However, nano-pesticides may also create new kinds of contamination of soils and waterways due to enhanced transport, longer persistence and higher toxicity.
The application of nano-pesticides would be the only intentional diffuse input of large quantities of engineered nano-particles into the environment. However, the risk that nano-particles may pose to human and environment health is not yet fully understood. The precautionary principle therefore suggests keeping environmental release of nano-particles minimal until their fate and toxicity is better understood.
"A good understanding of nano-materials is essential to evaluate whether the benefits overcome potential new risks", explains Thilo Hofmann, dean elected at the Faculty of Geosciences, Geography and Astronomy of the University of Vienna.....
The Fate of Both the Food Chain and the Environment - New, Untested, Unregulated Nano-pesticides http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3845773793/the-fate-of-both-the-food-chain-and-the-environment-new-untested-unregulated-nano-pesticides
1. You Think GMO Is Scary? Nano Tech is Here in your consumer products and now In Your Store (in your cosmetics, food, waterways and soil too) http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-and-gmos-gm/p/2290795649/you-think-gmo-is-scary-nano-tech-is-here-in-your-store-in-your-food-waterways-and-soil-too
2. Nanoparticle 'risk' to food crops, fouling our soils - and maybe YOU http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/2467222941/nanoparticle-risk-to-food-crops-fouling-our-soils-and-maybe-you