Nanoscale Food Science

Nanoscale Food Science Overview

Nanotechnology is a technological improvement that builds things on a smaller scale (nanoscale) of atoms and molecules. For context, a nanometer is hundreds of times smaller than a micrometer which requires a microscope. Due to its ability to efficiently utilize energy, nanotechnology is applied across industries including agriculture, manufacturing, information technology, medicine, and construction. It is a safer option in terms of protection and management of environmental resources.
In agriculture, nanotechnology is applied in various ways across the value-chain to drive sustainable food systems. As a result, the technology has gained prominence in developed countries over the last decade. Nanotechnology is applied in the management of farm harvests, animal and plant breeding, water purification, and diagnosing plant and animal diseases. Nanosenosrs developed through the technology are used for crop protection, while nanoformulations are adopted in formulating environmentally safe blends of agrochemicals. As part of postharvest management, nanotechnology is adopted as an economic and efficient approach to food processing and packing.

The technology is still widely researched and remains controversial as some experts argue on the possibility of nanotechnology becoming too powerful and dangerous. Nanotechnology is currently valued at over $5 billion and is estimated to grow by over 35% between 2021 and 2026. The usefulness of this technology across industries which is still being explored by research makes its potentials enormous. Tengrain Science provides a wide range of services aimed at fostering agricultural development. Please book a consultation session today!