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Environmental Sustainability and Sustainable Food Production

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 July 2023) | Viewed by 2517

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1. Institute of Food Safety and Risk Management, National Taiwan Ocean University, No.2 Pei-Ning Road, Keelung 20224, Taiwan
2. Department of Food Science, National Taiwan Ocean University, No.2 Pei-Ning Road, Keelung 20224, Taiwan
Interests: food waste utilization; sustainable food production; green extraction; detection of microplastics and nanoplastics

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Institute of Marine Environment and Ecology, National Taiwan Ocean University, No.2 Pei-Ning Road, Keelung 20224, Taiwan
Interests: aquatic gels; microplastics; environmental sciences; marine pollution; extracellular polymeric substances
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues:

Climate change and the emergence of environmental pollution have caused significant problems in the functioning of human and ecosystem health, food production, and economics at the global level. The United Nations proposed 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future by 2030. The food industry should be of focus across the supply chain in attempts to meet the needs of the population while forgoing destruction of the environment and society. This Special Issue will focus on how the supply chain has addressed the SDGs and what approaches are working, i.e., best practices. In many cases, efforts are moving beyond reducing detrimental impacts and toward the goal of producing meaningful and positive effects. Additionally, a comprehensive understanding of pollutant fate can allow formulation of policies and pollution prevention strategies to achieve environmental sustainability goals.

This Special Issue aims to inform the reader of advanced research of environmental sustainability and sustainable food production by inviting colleagues researching food science, food engineering, marine biogeochemistry, environmental engineering, freshwater ecology, wastewater/sludge treatment, pollutant fate, and atmospheric science to report on advanced studies.

We are thus seeking submissions of research articles covering the areas above or other relevant topics for possible inclusion in this Special Issue of Sustainability. Original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but not limited to) the following:

  • Emerging contaminants
  • Food waste utilization
  • Circular economy
  • Sustainable food production
  • Green extraction
  • Microplastics and nanoplastics
  • Future foods
  • Clean water
  • New food processing techniques
  • Material science
  • Biomaterials
  • Conversion of waste
  • Bioactive compounds
  • Aquaculture
  • Marine science

 

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Yung-Kai Lin
Dr. Ruei-Feng Shiu
Guest Editors

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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. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • emerging contaminants
  • food waste utilization
  • circular economy
  • sustainable food production
  • green extraction
  • microplastics and nanoplastics
  • clean water
  • new food processing techniques
  • aquaculture
  • biomaterials science
  • bioactive compounds

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A Smallholders’ Mariculture Device for Rearing Seafood: Environmentally Friendly and Providing Improved Quality
by Tsang-Yuh Lin, Chung-Ling Chen, Yung-Yen Shih, Hsueh-Han Hsieh, Wei-Ji Huang, Peter H. Santschi and Chin-Chang Hung
Sustainability 2023, 15(1), 862; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15010862 - 03 Jan 2023
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The aquaculture industry in Taiwan grosses more than USD 1.1 billion annually; however, it also generates considerable waste discharge (causing eutrophication in estuarine and coastal waters) and heavy groundwater withdrawals (causing land subsidence in coastal areas). Many aquaculture facilities using earth ponds are [...] Read more.
The aquaculture industry in Taiwan grosses more than USD 1.1 billion annually; however, it also generates considerable waste discharge (causing eutrophication in estuarine and coastal waters) and heavy groundwater withdrawals (causing land subsidence in coastal areas). Many aquaculture facilities using earth ponds are affected by benthic algae, resulting in an earthy odor, and fixed-cage farms are difficult to relocate during cold weather events. In this study, we tested small-scale (~15 ton) mobile cage tanks for the nearshore rearing of white shrimp and grouper in the Yung-An district of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. At the conclusion of the mariculture experiment, the content of free amino acids in shrimp and groupers reared in our mobile tanks surpassed that in animals reared locally in traditional earthy ponds. In a blind taste test involving 42 volunteers, groupers reared in mobile cage tanks were deemed more palatable than those raised in ponds. Our results demonstrate that small-scale mobile cage tanks are a feasible approach to the sustainable rearing of high-quality shrimp or fish. Note that wastewater from the mobile tanks is easily diluted by seawater, thereby reducing the likelihood of eutrophication in coastal regions. The proposed system could also be used for recreational fishing activities to increase income for smallholders of fishermen and/or aquaculture farmers. Full article
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