By now we all should be painfully aware of genetically modified foods, but I wonder how many of us are knowledgeable about nanotech foods and the dangers they pose? I do not mean to minimize the dangers of GMOs to humans, animals, plants and the global ecology, however, a new and more dangerous threat looms over our food — nanotechnology. Nanotechnology by itself is not inherently a bad thing, just as geo-engineering is also not inherently a bad thing. But applying nanotechnology to our food, and geo-engineering eco-systems, without knowing the effects, short- or long-term, is the height of insanity. I will do a piece on geo-engineering in another post. I mention it now because of the danger it poses to crops, bioregions and the entire biosphere. I consider GMOs, nanotechnology and geo-engineering to be the three most dangerous technologies employed in the war on our food — which is the corporate war against the 99%.
Just to be clear, the monoculture strategy is not in itself a technology — being a strategy. However, monoculture has to go, yo. Monoculture is devastatingly destructive and inherently unsustainable with or without higher technology.
Nanotechnology is now being used in several types of food packaging in order to block gasses and/or heat and/or sunlight. They are also being used to kill bacteria so that packaging can be reusable and so that there might be a lesser incidence of bacteria contaminating food. These kinds of applications seem innocuous. However, remember we are talking about nano-size contraptions — too small for the human eye to see, or the tongue to feel or taste, or the nose to smell, or the ears to hear. Nanotechnology is outside our common 5-sense realm. We will have to rely on the honesty and trustworthiness of the food corporations to maintain food safety. Yeah. Right. Can you say “Monsanto”?
Nanocomposite clays are being used to create impenetrable barriers to gasses and odors. Silver nano-particles are being used in storage bins in order to kill bacteria brought in by whatever is being stored within the bin. Silicate nano-particles are being used as a coating on plastic films in order to prevent gases from seeping in, and moisture from seeping out. Zinc oxide nano-particles are also being used in plastic films. The zinc oxide is used to block ultraviolet rays, provide anti-bacterial properties, and to improve the stability and strength of the films. These types of nanotechnology are inert. They may seep or rub off into the food, but they are not mobile nor are they intended to be inside food. However, since the food packaging industry is rife with unsafe materials and practices (with little or no oversight), their competency and safety procedures with nanotechnology cannot be trusted. Imagine ingesting nano-particles that kill bacteria indiscriminately. We need ‘beneficial’ bacteria within our bodies in order to live. Think about that. Think also what nano-particles that build impenetrable barriers can do in the human body if ingested. The thoughts are not pretty.
Nanotechnology is also being used to develop nano-sensors that can be implanted within the packaging to alert of contamination of the contents. This seems to be a useful technological application, but do we really want nano-sensors touching our food — always with the possibility of rubbing off onto the food?
Further, nanotechnology is being researched that would implant vitamin nano-caches within the food, with the idea that the nano-caches will detect when the body is suffering from a vitamin deficiency and then release the necessary vitamin. I have to ask why would you want to lock up the vitamins within a food, and then trust a nano-device to accurately assess when your body needs the vitamins . . . witholding them from you until it, no doubt made in China, decides you need them. Then what about the empty nano-caches inside your body? Do they just accept being empty, or do they seek out vitamins to store . . . What happens when you have been eating these nano-caches for years, decades even? What is the result of having all this nano-technology within our body?
Even further, research is being done to use nanotechnology to make foods interactive. As if eating a food isn’t interactive enough, nanotechnology is in development that can change the color and taste of food. Can you see rotten food looking and tasting good . . . but still being rotten.
Wait, they aren’t finished assaulting our food with their for-profit science. Nanotechnology is now being worked on that will contain pesticides while within the food, and, much like the nano-vitamin caches, release those pesticides when the food is ingested by insects. Yeah. Right. I can trust a nano-robot to be able to tell the difference between a human stomach and an insect stomach 100% of the time? No. I cannot trust the competency or the intent of a for-profit food corporation that undoubtedly will manufacture this technology in China. What about all those pesticide nano-caches that do not release their pesticide and are ingested by humans?
No, they are not done even yet. Research is being done to implant every plant in a field with nano-sensors and nano-caches to monitor nutrient deficiencies within the plant, and then release the required nutrient. Every plant, yo. Every single plant.
Nano-silver, for example, has been found to bind with DNA, damaging the ability of DNA to replicate. Sock fabrics engineered with nano-silver are known to leach nano-silver into water during washing tests. This demonstrates the ease with which nano-silver, and probably other nano-elements, can enter the environment.
Nano-silver is toxic to certain aquatic organisms, beneficial bacteria and ecosystems. Once nano-silver enters the natural environment it has the potential to bioaccumulate in the tissue of living organisms — inside your body, yo. The unregulated release of nano-silver into the environment will compromise the effectiveness of nano-silver as an antimicrobial as harmful pathogens develop resistance to the bacteria-killing properties of nano-silver. Imagine every plant polluting the environment with nanotechnology!
One more item to consider. Nanotechnology is not bound by Isaac Newton’s view of the universe, limited as it is. Ordinary physics do not apply to nanotechnology. Nanotech is in the realm of quantum physics. You know, that branch of science that nobody understands yet except wizards and witches and shamans. Once more: do you trust corporations like Monsanto?
More than 1000 food corporations have already invested in nanotechnology research, development and implementation. The United States is in the lead in research and use, with Japan and China close behind. Thousands of nano-tech food products are already on the market. The U.S. Department of Defense has a $2 Billion budget for nanotech. What? Nobody told you? I’m telling you now. Look it up if you don’t believe me. What will you do about it? My guess is . . . eat it.
Go organic, go permaculture, yo.
Because of the perceived wariness of educated consumers about what is put into their food, corporations have stopped issuing press releases about their nanotech plans and implementations even though they have taken over $12 Billion in government funding (our hard-earned tax money). Risk research is running at about 4% or less of the total expenditures on all research. As usual, the corporations are not concerned about our safety, just their bottom line. Corporations like Unilever, Nestle, Heinz, General Mills, Pepsico, Sara Lee, Kraft and Monsanto (of course), and all their subsidiaries, are leading the charge to use nanotechnology in food. Be wary of their products because the food industry is totally unregulated in regard to nanotechnology. Not that regulations are of any use — since corporate lobbyists write the regulations, and “ex”-corporate executives inside the regulatory agencies implement them. Nanotechnology is already inside Miller Lite beer bottles and Cadbury chocolate bar wrappers. Children’s vitamin drinks use nano-iron in them — children’s supplement drinks, yo! Our children are being sacrificed for corporate profit without our knowledge! Do you care?
Shit is fucked up and bullshit, yo.
Nano-particles can enter the human body via inhalation, ingestion or through the skin. Nano-particles can enter the body and pass through biological membranes: cell walls, cell tissue, and organs. Nano-particles can move around the body in the blood stream and accumulate in organs and tissues — including the brain, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, bone marrow, and nervous system. Bioaccumulation leads to increased reactivity and potential for toxicity — resulting in DNA mutation, structural damage within the cell, and cell death. Nano-particles have already been found guilty of causing tumors in the lining of the body cavity, lungs, heart and abdomen, and also in scarring of the lungs.
Nano-titanium dioxide is known to pass from pregnant mice to their offspring — causing functional and pathological disorders due to nerve system and genital damage. It also causes cancer. Look at your ingredients in your toothpaste . . . you see the titanium dioxide listed, don’t you? Have fun with your bright, white teeth and your cancerous genital damage.
Currently, the largest nanotech sectors are personal care products and antimicrobial products. No, you haven’t seen many of those products around, have you? Nanotechnology is also widespread and readily available in paints, coatings, sunscreens, medical devices, sporting goods, cosmetics, clothing, dietary supplements, vitamins, food and food packaging, kitchenware, computer hardware, cell phones, digital cameras, film, automotive electronics and batteries, automotive exteriors, fuel additives, tires, children’s toys and pacifiers — pacifiers, yo, what the fuck, laundry detergent, fabric softeners, personal hygiene products, cleaning agents, air conditioning units, pet products, jewelry, bedding and furniture, lubricants and foams, waxes, self cleaning windows, antimicrobials, pesticides, MP3 players, and other electronics. It looks like we are surrounded already. However, because there are no labeling requirements, the known nano-products are only a small percentage of the actual nanotech enhanced products on the market. It is definitely much worse than what we know. Count on it. We’ve been invaded by nanotechnology. Invaded without being advised and warned about it. How does that make you feel?
If all that doesn’t scare you then I have two words for you — The Borg. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Someday . . . resistance could be futile.
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