Being a key advancement in preventive healthcare, antimicrobial nanocoatings are widely used in modern-world applications that require the need for materials with superior antimicrobial properties. Nanoparticles being developed to serve as alternatives for antibiotics are exhibiting high degree of antimicrobial resistance. As medical tests continue to reveal the resurgence of drug-resistant bacteria across millions of patients, nanoparticles or nanocoatings with superior antimicrobial resistance properties are gaining grounds in a wide range of therapeutic fields. However, using such materials in food production and farming activities should be frowned upon. Presence of such materials in food products may cause of series of health problems, some of which could lead to incidence of pandemic diseases.
Concurring to this backdrop, leading organizations in the world are collaborating to solve problems associated with misuse of antimicrobial resistance materials. According to recent developments, the European Union (EU) is pledging a partnership with Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), a specialized authoritative agency of the United Nations, towards development of solutions of food waste and antimicrobial resistance. Such collaborations are expected to influence the dynamics of global market for antimicrobial nanocoatings. An ongoing market study by Transparency Market Research reveals that active participation of such authoritative organizations will bolster the expansion of global antimicrobial nanocoatings market in the years to come.
Optimisation of Food Waste: Key Focus Area
The underlined objective of EU and FAO collaboration is tackling problems associated with waste management in food supply chains. Key personnel and spokespeople from respective organisations revealed their mutual commitment of intensifying measures to ramp up the adoption of antimicrobial resistance measures in farm and agricultural production, and in food systems. EU estimates revealed that across European countries, approximately 80 million tonnes of food is wasted annually. This volume largely comprises of food made from scarce resources. Costs associated with such degree of food wastage have been surpassing over hundred billion dollars, in Europe alone. The organizations will be joining forces to develop a unique strategy that lowers the extent of waste being dumped in European food supply chains. The effectiveness of these strategies will be gauged, and then readied for global implementation.
Threat of Materials with Antimicrobial Resistance
José Graziano da Silva, the Director-General at FAO, also stressed on controlling the threat of antimicrobial resistance ingredients for health of humans as well as animals. Nanomaterials with antimicrobial resistance properties are being increasingly misused in agricultural activities, despite them being solely developed for aiding the production of human healthcare medicines and veterinary drugs. Presence of such ingredients in foods is fuelling the occurrence of disease-causing microbes among consumers. Graziano da Silva further explained the need for stringent monitoring, wherein the use of antimicrobial nanocoatings and antibiotics remains strictly limited to cure of diseases.
While European countries are showcasing efforts towards lowering the use of antimicrobial nanocoatings in agriculture, FAO plans to promote such undertakings in developing parts of the world. Through co-operation from experienced agriculturists, FAO will be aiming at boosting sustainable development in farming activities across the globe.
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