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The communication challenges presented by nanofoods

Nanotechnology has the potential to lead to healthier, safer and better tasting foods, and improved food packaging, but the hesitation of the food industry and public fears in some countries about tampering with nature may be holding back the introduction of nanofoods.

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Figure 1: Nanotechnology offers potential benefits to many areas of the food industry including (clockwise from top left) agriculture, food processing, food packaging and the nutritional aspects of food.

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Duncan, T. The communication challenges presented by nanofoods. Nature Nanotech 6, 683–688 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1038/nnano.2011.193

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