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"We wanted to know whether people want nanotechnology in food to be labeled, and the vast majority of the participants in our study do," says Dr.
The researchers convened six focus groups - three in
Study participants were particularly supportive of labeling for products in which nanotechnology had been added to the food itself, though they were also in favor of labeling products in which nanotechnology had only been incorporated into the food packaging.
However, the call for labeling does not indicate that people are necessarily opposed to the use of nanotechnology in food products. For example, many study participants indicated support for the use of nanotechnology to make food more nutritious or to give it a longer shelf life - but they still wanted those products to be labeled.
"People do have nuanced perspectives on this," Kuzma says. "They want labeling, but they also want access to reliable, research-based information about the risks associated with labeled products - such as a
The researchers also found that about 60 percent of the study participants who responded to the follow-up survey were willing to pay an additional 5 to 25 percent of the product price for either nanotechnology-free products or for nanotechnology labeling.
The paper, "Hungry for Information: Public Attitudes Toward Food Nanotechnology and Labeling," was published online
"Hungry for Information: Public Attitudes Toward Food Nanotechnology and Labeling"
Authors: Jonathan Brown,
Abstract: What people think about food nanotechnology (nanofood) is under-explored in
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