Agricultural and Food Systems Sustainability: The Complex Challenge of Losses and Waste

Edited by
November 2022
138 pages
  • ISBN978-3-0365-6013-7 (Hardback)
  • ISBN978-3-0365-6014-4 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue Agricultural and Food Systems Sustainability: The Complex Challenge of Losses and Waste that was published in

Business & Economics
Environmental & Earth Sciences
Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

This book focused on researching food loss and waste in various agricultural supply chains, searching for reduction strategies and possible technological solutions without neglecting the relevance of the socioeconomic factors that influence the functioning of food value chains. The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Goal 12—“Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns”) calls for renewed efforts to reduce food losses along production and supply chains. Achieving this goal will require greater efforts globally to implement food loss reduction policies and interventions. In addition, the sustainable management and use of byproducts from agriculture, including agricultural residues, has been analyzed. Special attention is given to pre- and post-harvesting losses of agricultural products, including the assessment of their environmental and economic sustainability.

  • Hardback
© by the authors
biomass; bioenergy; straw; combine harvester; chaff; by-product; bioeconomy; life cycle assessment; life cycle costing; Ricinus communis, L.; castor oil; harvesting; by-product; residue management; biopreservatives; shelf life; essential oil; organic foods; consumers’ attitude; willingness to pay; work productivity; harvesting costs; harvesting efficiency; wheat header; seed loss; header impact; ecoefficiency; life cycle assessment (LCA); life cycle costing (LCC); run-off; pond; flexible water storage system; Cynara roots; biorefinery; marginal lands; multipurpose crop; fermentable sugars; agricultural residues exploitation; postharvest losses; food waste; physicochemical properties; table grape; shelf-life; decay; stem browning; SO2 damage; socioeconomic impacts; pomegranate; losses; nutrition; environmental; resources; packhouse; postharvest; impacts