Embrapa Environment launches project about risks assessment and regulation of agri-nanotechnology

By Cristina Tordin
Embrapa Environment – Nanotechnology offers the prospect of great advances that will allow improving the quality of life and preserving the environment. There are so many applications. Generally have been employed for energy saving, environmental recovery, optimizing utilization of raw materials as well as related to human health applications, such as controlled drug release in the body and also in the food with the development of film nano and micro structured edible coatings for fruits and vegetables fresh or in nature.
Brazil has been highlighted in the research and development projects in this sector. However, so far, few approaches have been made in other aspects such as the legal, for example. Despite the need to formulation of laws for regulation nanotechnologies had been appointed by the scientific community, there is still no agreement on which model should be followed.
“If it will go be developed as based on the international regulations, it runs a risk of not having the Brazilian reality of representativeness in the evaluations,” the researcher says Katia Regina Evaristo de Jesus from Embrapa Environment, leader of the approved project about risk assessment and regulation of agri-nanotechnology and subsidies for its regulation in Brazil.
“So Kathy explains, aligned to Embrapa’s effort to advance in the researches and development in this area so new and challenging, Embrapa Environment approved the project, which includes a set of interconnected actions.”
The aim is to define strategies that allow contribute to support the regulations of the subject in this country in order to the development of a methodology for risk assessment of nanotechnologies applied to agriculture and a rational technology transfer.
According to the researcher, “this agenda seek the reduction of the time lapse between the knowledge production, technology, development of criteria for the evaluation of its safety for the environment and society and its effective use by the public and productive sectors, contributing significantly towards the national sustainable development in nanotechnology”.

Source: Embrapa Environment, January 26th, 2012
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