Nanotechnologies: Where should they take us? Have your say

Market report #2: Agrifood

This observatoryNANO project reports on economic impact of nanotechnologies in the Agrifood sector. This report focuses on market potential of nanotechnology applications in the food industry, driving forces and boundaries of their further development in respect to their commercialization and market utilization. Four applications of nanotechnologies have been selected for more detailed description in this report: (1) Controlled-release encapsulation system for food additives, ingredients and flavours; (2) Delivery systems for nutraceuticals and nutritional supplements; (3) Food packaging based on nanoclay composites: multilayer PET; (4) Food contact materials (FCMs) based on metal/metal oxide nanoparticles


The aim of the OBSERVATORYNANOI project was to support policy makers through the provision of wide-ranging scientific and economic analysis of nanoscience and nanotechnology developments, together with the assessment of ethical and societal aspects, impacts on environment, health and safety, as well as developments in regulation and standardization. The project focused on 10 technology sectors: Aerospace, Automotive & Transport; Agrifood; Chemistry and Materials; Construction; Energy; Environment; Healthcare; Information and Communication Technology; Security; Textiles



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About nanopinion

  • nanopinion is an EC-funded project bringing together 17 partners from 11 countries with the aim of monitoring public opinion on what we hope from innovation with nanotechnologies. The project is aimed citizens with a special focus on hard-to-reach target groups, which are people who do not normally encounter and give their opinion nanotechnologies at first hand.
  • Dialogue is facilitated online and in outreach events in 30 countries presenting different participatory formats.
  • To promote an informed debate, we also run a strong press & social media campaign and offer a repository with more than 150 resources.
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