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The New Environmental Threat: Manmade Metal Nanoparticles

Science & Tech  (tags: ecosystems, environment, humans, pollution, research )

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The researchers predict an increased need for the use of synthetic fertilizers to maintain soybean crop yields as more nanomaterials are accumulated in the soils the plants grow in.

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wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 3:58 am
... synthetic fertilizers ...
" I'm always struck by how [compulsive some 'scientists', most of industry, and humankind] are aiming at the bull's-eye of the wrong targets. " (borrowing words from Food., Inc. (2008) )
NANO- and other $hit ...
" The probable fate of our species is extermination by poisoning. "
-- Rosalie Bertel (epidemiologist)
-- -- quoted in "What We Leave Behind", 2009, (a *highly* recommendable book) by Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay

Tony Isaacs (40)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 4:24 am
As if it isn't bad enough that the vast majority of soy is genetically modified, now the mad scientists get even madder in messing with nature. Bertel was right, Wolf - we seem determined to poison ourselves off the planet. Too bad we will take so many other species with us.

Teresa W (782)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 4:31 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 5:39 am
Thanks for sharing.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 12:12 am

Robert O (12)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 1:14 am

Anna M (18)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 8:24 am

Chief Seattle, 1854
Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.

Cree Prophecy:
When all the trees have been cut down,
When all the animals have been hunted,
When all the waters are polluted,
When all the air is unsafe to breathe,
Only then will you discover
You cannot eat money.

Talya H (10)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 6:04 pm
Thanks for the article!

Robert Hardy (68)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 7:19 pm
Wow, I could have lived without that information.

Juliette Calderone (91)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 8:18 pm

Klaus Peters (14)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 12:01 am
Well, what next? Must we pollute everything $

Gloria H (88)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 12:59 am
Is this how Mars got to be sterile? I wouldn't be surprised if the most recent exploration on Mars didn't encounter a big warning sign..."Earthlings Go Home" scrawled in the dust.One comforting thought...when we go down, we will take the 1% with us. Would like to see how they could survive on polluted air, water, and cropless soil. Are they blind to the future that their greed has brought to us and themselves? We were bs-ed for so long that GMOs would feed the world's hungry, and we did not also see in the process of new and improved nanoscience we are killing ourselves. It's bs that we are "feeding the world" it's all about the Dow going up or down. Nothing humane about it.

Thursday August 23, 2012, 1:06 pm
Terrible how we're being poisoned by additives and genetically modified foods and now the planet is also being poisoned....and all for $$$$

paul m (93)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 1:49 pm


Devon Leonar (54)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 5:15 pm
Well, the story is making me cry as I read it... Like one horror story and then another.... How do we turn this around... ??? Sure it's a monster...a Goliath.... Together we all are stronger than this vampire entity sucking the lifeblood from the Earth......
Education and increasing public knowledge and interest is very important......

Michael O (176)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 8:13 pm
To sum it up: short-term gain for the fertilizer companies and long-term pain for farmers, and ultimately, the consumers - everyone on the planet.

Kerrie G (116)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 11:53 pm
Noted, thanks.

Dawn F (3)
Friday August 24, 2012, 3:08 am

Julie W (32)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 3:20 am
It doesn't say how these nanoparticles got into the waste. My guess, for the zinc, is sunscreen lotion. Don't know where the other one is used. So the scientist aren't adding these, they are turning up in waste.

We are all responsible for this through the products we use.

Julie W (32)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 3:22 am
Biosolids are not allowed on food crops in Australia, thank heavens!

M B (62)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 11:36 am

Cindy B (61)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 9:44 pm
The attached article was a little confusing, not real user-friendly. But I HAVE heard many scary and dangerous things about nanoparticles, that's for sure.

I keep away from soymilk like the plague and try not to eat any corn products (good luck with that) because of the GMO problem. I've been told that some 90-95% (!!) of the soybeans and corn produced in the USA are already GMO.

But I've also been told that if you buy organic, they aren't allowed to use GMO. I wonder if that's true, and I wonder if organic growers can also test for nanoparticles and assure that they're not present...?

g d c (0)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 11:55 am
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