Special Issue "Toward Sustainable Food Systems: Approaches and Strategies to Prevent and Reduce Food Loss and Waste"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 September 2022) | Viewed by 41168
Interests: sustainable food systems; food policy; water policy; sustainable diets; urban food policy; food waste
Interests: sustainable food systems; food policy
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Food waste is one of the most important issues faced by current food systems: in 2011, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimated that more than one-third of food is either lost or wasted along the entire food supply chain, causing significant economic, social, and environmental impacts.
Food loss and waste is recognized as one of the most challenging distortions of current food system, as we produce tons of edible food waste every year. Food loss occurs from the farm up to but excluding retail, whereas food waste occurs at the retail, food service, and household levels. Causes range from poor handling, inadequate transport or storage, lack of cold chain capacity, extreme weather conditions, cosmetic standards, and consumer behavior.
Reducing food lost and waste can lead to more food for all, less greenhouse gas emissions, less pressure on water and land resources, increased productivity and economic growth, and more sustainable societies. This is integral to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations.
Against this background, this Special Issue focuses on innovative approaches and strategies to prevent and reduce food loss and waste. We welcome contributions focused on, but not limited to, the following topics:
- Business case studies and solutions emphasizing the quantification and valorization of loss and waste along the full supply chain;
- Digital innovation, novel apps, platforms, and social media for preventing, monitoring, managing, and reducing food loss and waste;
- The investigation of individuals’ purchase and consumption behavior for food waste prevention;
- Food (waste) policy experiences at the regional, national, and local levels;
- New approaches and methodologies for food loss and waste quantification;
- Investigations into the social and environmental impacts of food loss and waste. Strategies, experiences, and response measures that emerged in the context of COVID-19 are encouraged.
Previously unpublished original research papers and reviews are welcome.
Dr. Marta Antonelli
Dr. Christian Reynolds
Dr. Andrea Cattaneo