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July 26th, 2010
Nanotechnology in food: Whatís the big idea?
Let's get talking about nanotech. The science of the very small has filled the food industry with big ideas - but industry is torn on how to present nanotechnology to consumers, stalling product development.
More effective methods of detecting foodborne pathogens, better delivery of micronutrients, longer shelf life - these are all great potential benefits - but research shows that consumers still need a lot of convincing that nanotechnology is safe for food use, and so does industry. On the consumer side, there is a certain faction that may never be persuaded.
However, as the science emerges on the safety of nano, the food industry should at the very least be talking about it. Instead, many major food companies are going quiet, preferring to take a wait-and-see approach. If the silence continues, nanotechnology may yet fail to deliver its benefits to the food industry, and to consumers.
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