Consumer attitudes towards nanotechnologies applied to food production

L.J. Frewer, N. Gupta, S. George, A.R.H. Fischer, E.L. Giles, D.G. Coles

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The literature on public perceptions of, and attitudes towards, nanotechnology used in the agrifood sector is reviewed. Research into consumer perceptions and attitudes has focused on general applications of nanotechnology, rather than within the agrifood sector. Perceptions of risk and benefit associated with different applications of nanotechnology, including agrifood applications, shape consumer attitudes, and acceptance, together with ethical concerns related to environmental impact or animal welfare. Attitudes are currently moderately positive across all areas of application. The occurrence of a negative or positive incident in the agri-food sector may crystallise consumer views regarding acceptance or rejection of nanotechnology products.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-225
JournalTrends in Food Science and Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • genetically-modified food
  • farm-animal welfare
  • emerging technologies
  • risk perceptions
  • public perceptions
  • perceived risk
  • functional foods
  • carbon nanotubes
  • delivery-systems
  • united-states


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