Can we sustain the growing world population with food supplies? Can we create cultured meat, based on plat proteins and make a transition from animal to plant based proteins? Already we see a huge role for micro-nanotechnology in production and processing of food. Thanks to advanced technology, The Netherlands has a global leading role in this area. Micro and nano emulsions for food textures, nanomembranes for the separation on a protein level, nano-scale processing and also for example nanosensors to check on vertical cultures more precisely, nano indicators to determine whether or not the food is safe to consume and thereby reducing food waste or using nano pills that can be taken orally, or intestines on a chip that can determine exactly how much food per person is used in the human body. The personal Digital Twin can become offer perfect, customized advice.
Examples of solutions in Nano4AgroFood will follow soon.
In agriculture, food and water nanotechnology is crucial. Nanosensors complete the broad scale of parameters that are monitored in the primary production and in the post-harvest processing. Proces innovations based on nanotechnology, such as membrane technology in separation processes, lead to more sustainable and circular production.
Nanostructured ingredients, nutrients and pesticides create a better delivery and ensure fewer losses and side effects. This will eventually lead to optimal quality and food safety, a reduction of food waste and enough clean water at the consumer at the of the smallest possible ecological footprint. Food is a nanostructured material and its processing takes place inside the human body on a nanoscale. Therefore, the possibilities of nanotechnology can be used to enhance product qualities and or realize new functionalities (food/body interaction) that fit within a preventive healthcare concept.
As Key-Enabling Technology (KET) nanotechnology will never be viewed in the end result but still has an essential role in this process. The program aims for the use and if need expansion of possibilities for nanotechnology on a sustainable way in our need to provide in high quality food and pure water, to ensure a healthy and happy life for future generations.
Nano4Society applies nanotechnology within the ecosystem to develop solutions for major social transitions and creating social impact and economic value.
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