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Nanotech Battles Looming?

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorDec 21, 2011 5:02 PM

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Is Marion Nestle stoking nanotechnology fears here? Or is she trying to head off an ugly variation of the GMO wars? I'm not sure, but this is what she advises:

Companies using this technology should be telling the public more about it. Nanotechnology is technical, difficult to grasp intuitively, "foreign," and not under personal control. This places it high on the scale of "dread-and-outrage." Does it belong there? Who knows? But the sooner its risks and benefits are assessed, the better. Otherwise it risks becoming the next GMO in public perception.

A reader in that Atlantic thread feels pretty strongly that Nestle is "poisoning the discourse." Anyone have thoughts on this?

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