National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi Sceptical About Nanotech Impact

Catching up with the Christmas backlog we came across an interesting exchange between Jim Thomas of the ETC group and Dyborn Chibonga, chief executive officer of the National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi reproduced below:

“And if you replace cotton, what does that it mean for Africa?” asks Thomas.

“I’m clueless about that one but even if cotton were produced using that technology, we wouldn’t lose out,” Chibonga says, and ruled out any attempts to lobby developed countries to halt the technology from being used on a large scale for cotton and other crops.

“I don’t think we’re talking about something that would become operational very soon and, moreover, we have conservatives who would insist on having clothes made from natural rather than the synthetic cotton,” he says.

“Nylon was a synthetic fibre and it used to be fashionable. But it’s no longer the in-thing and I’m sure that the same fate would befall any fibre produced with nanotechnology.”


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