Special Issue "The Assessment and Improvement of the Sustainability-Related Issues of Foods in a Circular Bioeconomy Context"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 4249
Interests: environmental impact assessment; carbon footprint; food and beverage production and packaging; enzyme and fermentation processes; life cycle assessment; membrane processing; rheological behavior of foods and food gums; pasta cooking processes
Interests: bioenergy; food packaging; industrial ecology; life cycle assessment; circular economy
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Several estimates attribute food production as the cause of 22 to 37% of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. The expected global population increase implies a rising demand for food, which involves an increased use of habitable land, as well as energy and water resources, for agri-food production purposes. The growth perspectives of the food and beverage industry are thus challenged by an increasing lack of natural resources and higher costs for fuels and energy along with climate-related risks to assure food security. Food production is the leading industrial sector in the European Community (EC) with a key role in terms of turnover and total number of workers and enterprises. About 99% of all enterprises are small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME), and most of them are unprepared to face the fast-changing, complex global challenges in order to achieve more sustainable development.
There is, therefore, an urgent need to transition to more sustainable forms of agriculture that provide land use optimization and the reduction of water and fossil-fuel consumption with the resultant reduced impact on resources, human health, climate change, and ecosystem quality.
The implementation of modified crop cultivation systems is desirable based upon strategies for a more environment-friendly and consumer-oriented approach to agriculture. From an agricultural water management perspective, this could be achieved by adopting water-conservation-oriented practices along with wastewater recovery into irrigation water, nutrient biosolids, and energy in a circular bioeconomy perspective.
Soil quality needs, however, are preserved along with the yield, quality, and safety of agro-foods, while making sure that future generations’ need for foods, fibers, nutrients, and other bio-based materials will be met in a holistically sustainable manner. In that sense, net-regenerative agro-food supply chains and diets can play a vital role as they allow for resource preservation and environmental pollution reduction.
In this context, the main aim of this Special Issue will be that of collecting papers dealing with the cradle-to-grave life cycle assessment of the production, packaging, and consumption of foods and beverages, with the final aim of contributing to the estimation and improvement of food products’ sustainability. Under this perspective, papers dealing with assessments of waste management, recovery, and valorization in a circular bioeconomy perspective, that are in some way connected with agriculture and foods, are also welcome.
By doing so, the Special Issue wishes to identify which eco-indicators are effective and to recognize their impactful stages of food and drink supply chains and life cycles, and which might be useful in suggesting potential mitigation actions as a starting basis for improving the sustainability of food and drink SMEs.
Prof. Dr. Mauro Moresi
Dr. Carlo Ingrao
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Foods is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2900 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- food recovery
- food waste
- circular bioeconomy
- life cycle assessment
- environmentally friendly foods
- sustainability of food and drink
- climate change
- food security