Environmentalists engage in the absurd concerning nanotech with a hope of the sublime in the future

The UK-based Soil Association announced via a Financial Times article that they would not certify any products as organic if they contain additives â''made by the burgeoning nanotechnology industryâ'', despite the fact that the Soil Associationâ''s policy manager, Gundula Azeez, said the nano ban would not affect any products.

Tim Harper, noted UK nanotechnology analyst, through his TNTLog, revealed this for the unintentional self-parody that it is. With Harper commenting, â''Why on earth nanotech has been singled out is a mystery. Itâ''s akin to announcing that a synthetic chemical such as paracetamol will not be certified as natural.â''

Barnaby Feder at his â''Bits Blogâ'' in the New York Times was equally incredulous of this rather strange announcement. But Feder added the qualification that these kinds of announcements are somehow a natural outcropping of many NGOâ''s frustration over the lack of government activities in determining the toxicity of nanoparticles.

Maybe so. Frustration makes lots of people do silly things. But I canâ''t see how this helps anybody or anything. It further marginalizes environmental concerns about nanoparticles by making their positions seem absurd, and it doesnâ''t motivate the powers-that-be (whoever they are) to take any action.

All in all this is just foolish grandstanding.

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