Nanotech Labeling in Canada Moves Ahead

Nanotechnology watchdogs have been clamoring for â''nanotechâ'' labeling of any product that contains nanomaterials for years now, and Canada has fulfilled their wish.

Based on the labeling logic of Canada, itâ''s a little curious that any product with nylon in it doesnâ''t say, â''Sulfuric acid helped make thisâ'' or when you buy your next laptop â''Hereâ''s a list of all the poisonous materials used to make your computer.â''

But I guess the ship has sailed on those materials, or at least the companies that make them have been in profitability long enough to pay for the kind of lobbying that would squelch that kind of thing.

What the field of nanotech is left with is a few struggling companies and a whole lot of government-funded research that possesses few avenues for reaching commercialization. The only thing resembling an industry in the whole mess is the bureaucracy that is just biting at the bit to start making rules and regulations.

One could argue that those concerned about the toxicity of nanomaterials whether integrated into other materials, or free floating, may be jumping the gun somewhat in promoting the idea of the dangers of nanotech when the research remains far from conclusive.

But not me, I say go ahead and jump to any conclusion you like.

However, if your aim is to be at the head of some government regulatory body that oversees nanotech you may want to let nanotech actually get into a few commercial products (for breathtaking lists of nanotechnology products see here or here) before you decide to torpedo the possibility of those nano-enabled products of ever existing. Just sayinâ''.

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