ETC Group

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ETC Group (the acronym for Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration) is an Ottawa, Canada-based non-profit research and advocacy group.

Formerly known as the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI), it describes its role as being "dedicated to the conservation and sustainable advancement of cultural and ecological diversity and human rights. To this end, ETC group supports socially responsible developments of technologies useful to the poor and marginalized and it addresses international governance issues and corporate power."

ETC on Nanotechnology

ETC has been one of the leading non-profit groups researching the emergence of nanotechnology. "While nanotechnology offers opportunities for society, it also involves profound social and environmental risks, not only because it is an enabling technology to the biotech industry, but also because it involves atomic manipulation and will make possible the fusing of the biological world and the mechanical. There is a critical need to evaluate the social implications of all nanotechnologies; in the meantime, the ETC group believes that a moratorium should be placed on research involving molecular self-assembly and self-replication," it states on its website.


Accessed November 2010: [1]



Contact details

ETC Group Headquarters,
431 Gilmour St, Second Floor,
Ottawa, ON Canada K2P 0R5
Tel: 1(613)241-2267,
Fax: 1(613)241-2506

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch


  1. Director, ETC Group, accessed November 31, 2010.