Unregulated Nanotechnology - Are Your Products Safe?

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Originally Posted: 29 June 2009

Unregulated Nanotechnology - Are Your Products Safe?

From Environmental Defense Fund

Tell your Congressperson to address the potential risks of this important new technology before it's too late.

NOTE: If Congress takes action to stop the commercialization of nanotechnology, thousands of animals can be saved.

 
Procter & Gamble is engineering nanosoot particles to develop products that can penetrate skin and hair in ways that naturally occurring molecules do not. More than a thousand hamsters, mice and rats (including the ones above pictured here) were killed in tests where they were placed in sealed containers and forced to breathe in air contaminated with 'nano' particles. These "tests" are done to produce better hair spray, hand lotion and makeup.
(Photo and information from Uncaged.

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INFORMATION

Nanotechnology -- the manipulation of matter at the atomic and molecular level -- has the potential to make groundbreaking advances in technology, medicine, and environmental clean up.

But we are jumping the gun -- we are commercializing nanotechnology without enough knowledge about the risks involved. Studies have shown that some nanoparticles can cause health risks such as lung damage, and may also be harmful to the environment.

Already, there are hundreds of products containing nanoparticles on the market, including sunscreen, anti-aging creams and food products. We are putting these chemicals in and on our bodies before they have been proven safe and we have got to stop before serious damage is done.

Nanotechnology should be our friend, not our foe. Tell your member of congress to address the potential risks of this important new technology before it's too late.


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