New Technologies and Citizenship: A Discussion of Nanotechnologies Applied to Food and the Regulation of Its Risks

Monday, 11 July 2016: 09:00
Location: Prominentenzimmer (Main Building)
Oral Presentation
Tania SILVA, Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Brazil
Wilson ENGELMANN, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Brazil
Raquel VON HOHENDORF, Unisinos, Brazil
New technologies and Citizenship: A discussion of nanotechnologies applied to food and the regulation of its risks

This paper discusses the importance of civil society participation in technology innovation policies, having as analytical reference the case of nanotechnologies applied to food production. The society has the right to monitor progress in the techno-scientific field and these should be subject to approval of the public to be benefited or harmed with advances and technological innovations. This is certainly the case for foods that use nanotechnology at some stage of their production. The relationship between modernity and development and the doubts surrounding the nanotechnology production in terms of security for human health and the environment in the face of ignorance of the possible toxicological effects of nano particles, permeates our whole discussion. The Nanotechnologies are growing process of installation in scientific research, industrial production and availability of products in the consumer market. However, the regulatory issue is still open, and so we can have a regulatory framework that gives confidence to the consumer and the worker, the wonders of techno-science nanotechnology need to be better analyzed, especially so that they know more about toxicological effects. In this line of reasoning are also considered the food from the transgenic and what is announced for the future: molecular manufacturing food and fiber that, according to experts, will not need more of nature to produce. This study has the theoretical concept of complexity and transdisciplinarity Morin, E; the concept of the risk society Ulrich Beck; the criticisms made by Baumann, Z and Giddens, A., on modernity and the dangers of belief in the unlimited power of technology; besides Rose, Nikolas; Harvey, David; among other scientists and scholars.

KEYWORDS: Food Safety, Nanotechnologies;Risks; Right to Information