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Title: Label it or ban it? Public perceptions of nano-food labels and propositions for banning nano-food applications
Authors: Chuah, Agnes Soo Fei
Leong, Alisius Deon
Cummings, Christopher L.
Ho, Shirley S.
Keywords: Social sciences::Communication
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Chuah, A. S. F., Leong, A. D., Cummings, C. L., & Ho, S. S. (2018). Label it or ban it? Public perceptions of nano-food labels and propositions for banning nano-food applications. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 20(2), 36-. doi:10.1007/s11051-018-4126-5
Journal: Journal of Nanoparticle Research
Abstract: The future of nano-food largely hinges on public perceptions and willingness to accept this novel technology. The present study utilizes the scientific literacy model and psychometric paradigm as the key theoretical frameworks to examine the factors influencing public support for labeling and banning of nano-food in Singapore. Using data collected from a nationally representative survey of 1001 respondents, the findings demonstrated that attitudes toward technology, preference for natural product, science knowledge, and risk perception were found to substantially affect public support for both labeling and banning of nano-food. Conversely, attention to food safety news on traditional media and attention to nano-news on new media were only associated with public support for labeling of nano-food. Similarly, benefit perception was only significantly associated with public support for banning of nano-food. Theoretically, these findings support the growing body of literature that argues for the significant role played by predispositions, media use, science knowledge, and risk and benefit perceptions on attitude formation toward nano-food. It serves as the pioneering piece to address the aspect of banning in the field of nano-food. Practically, insights drawn from this study could aid relevant stakeholders in enlisting effecting strategies to convey the benefits of nano-food while mitigating the risk perceptions among the public.
ISSN: 1388-0764
DOI: 10.1007/s11051-018-4126-5
Rights: © 2018 Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Journal of Nanoparticle Research. The final authenticated version is available online at:
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