Implications of nanotechnology for the agri-food industry: Opportunities, benefits and risks

Caroline E. Handford, Moira Dean, Maeve Henchion, Michelle Spence, Christopher T. Elliott, Katrina Campbell*

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Nanotechnology has emerged as a technological advancement that could develop and transform the entire agri-food sector, with the potential to increase agricultural productivity, food security and economic growth for industries. Though as still a relatively new concept there are concerns over its safety, regulation and acceptance by the industry and consumers. This review set out to address the implications of nanotechnology for the agri-food industry by examining the potential benefits, risks and opportunities. Existing scientific gaps in knowledge are believed to be a prohibitive factor in addition to uncertainties in the level of awareness and attitudes towards the use of nanotechnology by the industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-241
Number of pages16
JournalTrends in Food Science and Technology
Issue number2
Early online date05 Oct 2014
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014


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