Nanotechnology controls: Voluntary or required?

In an Alternet article called The Evolution of Frankenfoods?, there’s a comment on voluntary controls on nanotech: “Jennifer Sass of the Natural Resources Defense Council worries that industry will get its way on voluntary, rather than enforceable, regulations. ‘Having these kinds of joint partnerships and collaborative efforts is a good thing,’ she says, ‘But without an overhanging enforceable regulation, I’m quite confident that the voluntary initiatives are inadequate regulations.’ ”

To me, voluntary initiatives seem like a positive first step (maybe even a necessary first step) in the evolution of the enforceable regulations that we’ll need to have. In a July 15 radio interview I did with Dr. Sass on KPFA, I think she agreed with this point. Hear the interview in MP3 format.

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