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The public understanding of nanotechnology in the food domain: the hidden role of views on science, technology, and nature

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In spite of great expectations about the potential of nanotechnology, this study shows that people are rather ambiguous and pessimistic about nanotechnology applications in the food domain. Our findings are drawn from a survey of public perceptions about nanotechnology food and nanotechnology food packaging (N = 752). Multinomial logistic regression analyses further reveal that knowledge about food risks and nanotechnology significantly influences people's views about nanotechnology food packaging. However, knowledge variables were unrelated to support for nanofood, suggesting that an increase in people's knowledge might not be sufficient to bridge the gap between the excitement some business leaders in the food sector have and the restraint of the public. Additionally, opposition to nanofood was not related to the use of heuristics but to trust in governmental agencies. Furthermore, the results indicate that public perceptions of nanoscience in the food domain significantly relate to views on science, technology, and nature.
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EUROPE, SAFETY, risk attitudes, nanotechnology, food science, BENEFITS, ACCEPTANCE, TRUST, PERCEPTION, ATTITUDES, EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES, RISK, GENETICALLY-MODIFIED FOODS

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Vandermoere, Frédéric et al. “The Public Understanding of Nanotechnology in the Food Domain: The Hidden Role of Views on Science, Technology, and Nature.” PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE 20.2 (2011): 195–206. Print.
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Vandermoere, F., Blanchemanche , S., Bieberstein , A., Marette , S., & Roosen , J. (2011). The public understanding of nanotechnology in the food domain: the hidden role of views on science, technology, and nature. PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE, 20(2), 195–206.
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Vandermoere, Frédéric, Sandrine Blanchemanche , Andrea Bieberstein , Stephan Marette , and Jutta Roosen . 2011. “The Public Understanding of Nanotechnology in the Food Domain: The Hidden Role of Views on Science, Technology, and Nature.” Public Understanding of Science 20 (2): 195–206.
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Vandermoere, Frédéric, Sandrine Blanchemanche , Andrea Bieberstein , Stephan Marette , and Jutta Roosen . 2011. “The Public Understanding of Nanotechnology in the Food Domain: The Hidden Role of Views on Science, Technology, and Nature.” Public Understanding of Science 20 (2): 195–206.
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Vandermoere F, Blanchemanche S, Bieberstein A, Marette S, Roosen J. The public understanding of nanotechnology in the food domain: the hidden role of views on science, technology, and nature. PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE. 2011;20(2):195–206.
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F. Vandermoere, S. Blanchemanche , A. Bieberstein , S. Marette , and J. Roosen , “The public understanding of nanotechnology in the food domain: the hidden role of views on science, technology, and nature,” PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 195–206, 2011.
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  abstract     = {In spite of great expectations about the potential of nanotechnology, this study shows that people are rather ambiguous and pessimistic about nanotechnology applications in the food domain. Our findings are drawn from a survey of public perceptions about nanotechnology food and nanotechnology food packaging (N = 752). Multinomial logistic regression analyses further reveal that knowledge about food risks and nanotechnology significantly influences people's views about nanotechnology food packaging. However, knowledge variables were unrelated to support for nanofood, suggesting that an increase in people's knowledge might not be sufficient to bridge the gap between the excitement some business leaders in the food sector have and the restraint of the public. Additionally, opposition to nanofood was not related to the use of heuristics but to trust in governmental agencies. Furthermore, the results indicate that public perceptions of nanoscience in the food domain significantly relate to views on science, technology, and nature.},
  author       = {Vandermoere, Frédéric and Blanchemanche , Sandrine  and Bieberstein , Andrea  and Marette , Stephan  and Roosen , Jutta },
  issn         = {0963-6625},
  journal      = {PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE},
  keywords     = {EUROPE,SAFETY,risk attitudes,nanotechnology,food science,BENEFITS,ACCEPTANCE,TRUST,PERCEPTION,ATTITUDES,EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES,RISK,GENETICALLY-MODIFIED FOODS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {195--206},
  title        = {The public understanding of nanotechnology in the food domain: the hidden role of views on science, technology, and nature},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0963662509350139},
  volume       = {20},
  year         = {2011},
}

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