Nanotechnology for a Sustainable World

Nanotechnology for a Sustainable World

Global Artificial Photosynthesis as Nanotechnology’s Moral Culmination

Thomas Faunce

Does humanity have a moral obligation to emphasise nanotechnology’s role in addressing the critical public health and environmental problems of our age? This well crafted book explores this idea by analysing the prospects for a macroscience nanotechnology-for-environmental sustainability project in areas such as food, water and energy supply, medicine, healthcare, peace and security. Developing and applying an innovative science-based view of natural law underpinning a global social contract, it considers some of the key scientific and governance challenges such a global project may face.

Chapter 5: Nanotechnology for Sustainable Food, Water and Housing

Thomas Faunce

Subjects: innovation and technology, technology and ict, law - academic, health law


The social structure of agriculture, which has been produced by – and is generally held to obtain its justification from – large scale mechanization and heavy chemicalisation, makes it impossible to keep man in real touch with living nature; in fact, it supports all the most dangerous modern tendencies of violence, alienation, and environmental destruction. Health, beauty and permanence are hardly even respectable subjects for discussion. – EF Schumacher, Small is Beautiful 5.1 NES PROJECT ON GLOBAL FOOD SUPPLY? When our family go shopping for food, we prefer to walk around farmers’ markets than down the aisles of large-scale commercial shopping centres. Farmers’ markets are like community fetes. There are a lot of associated communal activities going on – raffles for charities, games for children, people busking or selling art. You get to talk to the person who grew the food being sold about their philosophy and values. The farmer who grows our beef, for example, herds his rare Belted Galloway cattle without dogs by calling out for them. The vegetable growers tell of the tribulations they have to go through to be certified organic. You walk around in the open air surrounded by the smells of real farm animals, with freshly picked produce still flecked with dirt. This is a clear distinction from the sanitised space prioritising advertising, air conditioning and muzak that characterises the large commercial supermarket and the values of its owners. What you lose in rock bottom price, consumer choice, artificial flavourings and preservatives at a farmers’ market, you make...

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