Much to the dissatisfaction of environmental organizations, research organizations and consumer groups, the European Commission appears to have rejected the proposed registry for the use of nanomaterials. The registry would have required those within the food and beverage industry to register any nanomaterials used in substances of products. Recent investments in nanotechnology research by the United States Department of Agriculture demonstrate… Read more »
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on March 30 announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest more than $5.2 million to support nanotechnology research at 11 universities. The universities are expected to use the funds to research ways nanotechnology may be used to improve food safety, enhance renewable fuels, increase crop yields, manage agricultural pests and more. The awards were made through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (A.F.R.I.), a competitive, peer-reviewed grants program for fundamental and applied agricultural sciences.