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“To be interested in food but not in food production is clearly absurd.”
– Wendell Berry
Steadily, stealthily, corporations are driving the goodness of organic life itself from our food, and cleverly – even though unwisely – infesting it with dim bits of microscopic material substance that are obscured from human awareness. I object. Wholeheartedly.
Just as synthetic chemical compounds, manufactured additives, irradiation, and then genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been corporately imposed upon processed meals, now a micro-invasion of nanoparticles is gaining momentum. Patented lab-created nanoparticles are even penetrating the realm of organic meals, as the USDA’s organic system chooses to do nothing at all.
The invisible, insidious micro-mechanistic meals interventions getting aggressively advanced by market are now incarnate through nanotechnology. That’s the practice of manipulating materials on an atomic or molecular scale, and then incorporating the synthetic molecules into processed stuff, like our meals.
The scale of nanotech is so infinitesimal that it is a mindstretch for most people. A sheet of newspaper, for instance is about 100,000 nanometers thick.
The chemical-food industry has already incorporated nanomaterials into dietary supplements as well as packaging supplies and cutting boards. They claim their nano-goods make food safer, and they have dozens of direct food applications in development.
A MishMash of Micro-Machinations
General, at this early stage of the 21st Century, corporations are churning out a complex mishmash of novel, man-produced, synthetic components to influence the industrial meals chain, and at some point our bodies and souls. They are carrying out it with minimal or no regulation. Consider:
The marketplace appropriate now gives more than 300 foods and meals packaging materials that probably include engineered nanomaterials, according to the Center for Meals Safety. Nanomaterials can cause harm to ecosystems by transporting toxic contaminants by way of the environment, potentially causing cancer and organ damage.
Researchers are now developing nanocapsules containing synthetic nutrients that can be released in your intestines when nanosensors detect a vitamin deficiency in your body.
Nanoproducts already on sale in Europe purport to smuggle fat by way of your stomach and into your little intestine. This triggers a feeling of satiety and companies claim it can aid folks cut their meals intake.