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Record number 490276
Title Responsible research and innovation in miniature: Information asymmetries hindering a more inclusive 'nanofood' development
Author(s) Bakker, E. de; Lauwere, C.C. de; Hoes, A.C.; Beekman, V.
Source Science and Public Policy 41 (2014)3. - ISSN 0302-3427 - p. 294 - 305.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/scipol/scu033
Department(s) Consumer and Chain
Innovation- and Risk Management and Information Governance
LEI Agricultural sector & entrepreneurship
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2014
Keyword(s) nanotechnology - risks - power
Abstract Responsible research and innovation (RRI) is about an interactive and comprehensive development of new technologies, also addressing social needs and ethical issues. But how do these ambitions of RRI relate to the practice of technological innovations? Nanotechnology is currently a large-scale techno-scientific development that offers many chances and opportunities but also raises concerns. Focusing on the issues of power, information (asymmetries) and responsibility we will describe the Dutch policy, assessments and debates on nanotechnology in general and on nanofood in particular. RRI assumes a willingness of all stakeholders to share or communicate information, but the case of nanofood exemplifies that industry can be reluctant to do this because of the fear that discussions will take a 'wrong direction'. We conclude that information asymmetries can be a principal problem for a more inclusive nanofood development and that policies that wish to strengthen RRI should take this into account.
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