Could nanotechnology make a food?
Nanotechnology is a rapidly developing innovative technology with applications in very many areas, including food, nutrition and food industry. Many people associate nanotechnology with nanoparticles and link the hazards of nanoparticles to all applications of nanotechnology.
Experts say nanotechnology’s future in food could be thwarted by a reluctance among food manufacturers fearful of the kind of consumer backlash that greeted genetically modified food to be open about what they are doing. (Photo: ZUMA Press)
However, most nanotechnology does not result in nanoparticles and many nanoparticles are from natural origin and therefore should not be considered nanotechnology. The opportunities of doing business at the nano-level in food applications arise from the realization that foodstuff usually has a structural hierarchy that starts at the molecular and supramolecular level.
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