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August 1, 2007

Australian Researcher Recommends Nano-Specific Regulation of Pesticides

Lynn L. Bergeson

According to a recent survey presented at the Rural Futures conference in Canberra, Australia, nanotechnology in food and farming is inadequately regulated. Rural sociologist Dr. Kristin Lyons, Griffith University, stated: “Despite significant investment from the agrifood sector in nanotechnologies, the need for nano-specific regulation in this area hasn’t been recognised as a priority by the federal government.” Lyons said that the nano-agrifood industry will be worth more than US $20 billion by 2010.