We have reason to believe that nanomaterials could play an important role in providing more sustainable agriculture, especially in the production of crops. The articles included in this Insight illustrate some of the most important opportunities of nanotechnology in smarter food production and preservation, as well as the challenges in technology as well as those posed by public perception and acceptance and the lack of proper regulation.
The successful use of nanotechnology in agriculture will only be possible with a concerted effort to overcome the challenges posed by policies and regulations that are not yet fit for purpose.
Discussions on agricultural nanotechnology are pervaded with conflicting accounts of public opinion. A pragmatist concept may help to explain why this is so difficult to identify.
Genetically modified organisms as foods are a globally contested topic. What dictates the regulatory oversight of genetically modified crops could be redefined by advances in nanotechnology and genome editing.
J. Scott Angle is the director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in the US. Anne Mullen asks him about opportunities for nanotechnology in agriculture and food security. The views expressed below do not necessarily represent the official views of NIFA or the US Department of Agriculture.
Perspectives and Reviews
Nanotechnology offers a range of opportunities for sustainable agriculture. Successful developments will need a systems approach to designing proposed nanotechnologies.
A One Health approach to managing the applications and implications of nanotechnologies in agriculture
The development of nano-enabled agriculture will require proper safety regulations. This Perspective outlines the need for a combined approach to regulate health and environmental risks under the same framework.
Nanomaterials have the potential to be very effective as fertilizers and pesticides for crops. This article reviews results so far and challenges ahead.
Nanotechnology can be used to create smart plant sensors that could eventually improve agricultural productivity.