Sustainability of Wine Production and Food Systems in the Mediterranean Region

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Systems and Management".

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School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Porto, 4050-313 Porto, Portugal
Interests: Mediterranean diet; wine; olive oil; foods; nutrients; phytochemicals; polyphenols; bioactive compounds; lifestyle patterns; sustainable agriculture; wine marketing; wine tourism; sustainable wine tourism and tourist motivation; sustainable agri-food chain; science communication
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Dear Colleagues,

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development aim to complement policy with scientific knowledge and orient government strategies toward a new development paradigm that improves the well-being of future generations while ensuring the sustainable management of the planet's natural resources. All this is even more important if viewed in the context of food systems, whose sustainability is paramount for sustainable development. Food sustainability for humans involves the ability, sustained over time, to produce or procure enough food to meet an individual's or a population's nutritional requirements, using production, distribution, and disposal systems that have a neutral or beneficial impact on the environment and ecosystems, and that ideally are underpinned by forms of social justice that can ensure equitable access to food. Hence, we need novel solutions for our future food security and sustainability without compromising food safety to achieve the SDGs including the eradication of hunger and poverty, clean water, sustainable land use, responsible production, and consumption, mitigating climate change, and sustainable life on land and water. Ensuring food security in an environmentally sustainable way is a global challenge and is urgent to develop and adopt nature-based solutions to increase agriculture productivity in an environmentally sustainable way agrochemicals). Together with sustainable food systems, sustainable diets help articulate more concretely and operationally food security and sustainability. Concerning human health, promoting a diversity of foods in human diets, in particular a variety of distinct edible species, has potential benefits from both a public health and a sustainable food system perspective. Food biodiversity provides the necessary nutrients and is an essential component of local food systems, cultures, and food security. Moreover, the effective communication of the benefits and costs of sustainable practices to end-users requires trusted sources of information for both the farm community and consumers.

Submissions detailing original, multidisciplinary approaches are especially encouraged.

Associated with the 3rd Science & Wine World Congress, Porto/Douro, Portugal 14–16 June 2023


Sustainability Subject Areas:

  • Challenges relating to sustainability;
  • Population explosion and urbanization;
  • Unsustainable patterns of production and consumption;
  • Impact of globalization on local, national and regional sustainability and stability;
  • Degradation of ecosystems and species, and concomitant risks to human well-being;
  • Socio-economic, scientific and integrated approaches to sustainable development;
  • Development and realization of national policies and international treaties for sustainable development;
  • Implementation and monitoring of policies for sustainable development;
  • Changing consumption and production patterns;
  • Ethical and philosophical aspects of sustainable development;
  • Education and awareness of sustainability;
  • Health-related aspects of sustainability;
  • Sustainable utilization of resources such as land, water, atmosphere and other biological resources;
  • Land and aquatic ecosystems maintenance and biodiversity preservation;
  • Effects of global climate change on development and sustainability;
  • Sustainability tools;
  • Applications of sustainability;
  • Policies and laws relating to sustainability;
  • Sustainability science.

Foods Subject Areas:

  • Food sciences and technology;
  • Food chemistry and physical properties;
  • Food engineering and production;
  • Food microbiology and safety;
  • Food security and sustainability;
  • Food toxicology;
  • Functional foods, food and health;
  • Food and environment.

Agriculture Subject Areas:

  • Crop protection;
  • Crop breeding and genetics;
  • Crop nutrition, irrigation;
  • Crop physiology;
  • Pests and diseases, weeds, invasive species;
  • Precision agriculture;
  • Sustainable agriculture;
  • Conservation agriculture;
  • Organic agriculture;
  • Ecological agriculture;
  • Environmental influences on production and products;
  • Impact of changing environments;
  • Agriculture product health and safety.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Subject Areas:

  • Climate Change and Health;
  • Ecology and the Environment;
  • Environmental Health;
  • Global Health;
  • Health Communication;
  • Health Economics;
  • Public Health Statistics and Risk Assessment;
  • Toxicology and Public Health.

You may choose our Joint Special Issue in Sustainability.

Dr. Paula Silva
Dr. Celestino Santos-Buelga
Dr. Raul Ferrer-Gallego
Guest Editors

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  • sustainable viticulture
  • sustainable agricultural practice
  • environmental protection
  • sustainable agroengineering
  • polyphenols
  • wine
  • mediterranean diet
  • flavonoids
  • public health policy
  • healthy lifestyle
  • mediterranean countries
  • health communication
  • nutrition
  • welfare
  • culture inheritage
  • agritourism
  • green tourism
  • organic farming
  • clean energy
  • clean productions

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17 pages, 1613 KiB  
The Role of Green Agriculture and Green Supply Chain Management in the Green Intellectual Capital–Sustainable Performance Relationship: A Structural Equation Modeling Analysis Applied to the Spanish Wine Industry
Agriculture 2023, 13(2), 425; - 10 Feb 2023
Cited by 15 | Viewed by 3633
The objective of this research is to analyze the mediating role of Green Supply Chain Management (GSCM) in the main Green Intellectual Capital (GIC) and Sustainable Performance (SP) relationship, as well as the moderating role of Green Agriculture (GA) in the GSCM–SP relationship. [...] Read more.
The objective of this research is to analyze the mediating role of Green Supply Chain Management (GSCM) in the main Green Intellectual Capital (GIC) and Sustainable Performance (SP) relationship, as well as the moderating role of Green Agriculture (GA) in the GSCM–SP relationship. To achieve this objective, a theoretical model is proposed based on the literature review and then analyzed using structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) based on a sample of 196 Spanish wineries collected from September 2022 to January 2023. The results reveal that while GSCM partially mediates the GIC–SP relationship, GA positively but not significantly moderates the GSCM–SP relationship. To the best of our knowledge, there are no previous studies that have contextualized the model proposed in the wine industry, so the study represents the generation of new knowledge about the meaning of the relationships presented. Furthermore, no previous research has analyzed the moderating role of GA in the GSCM–SP relationship, so the study advances understanding of the variables that may affect this link (GSCM–SP). Full article
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Does Ecological Agriculture Moderate the Relationship between Wine Tourism and Economic Performance? A Structural Equation Analysis Applied to the Ribera del Duero Wine Context
Agriculture 2022, 12(12), 2143; - 13 Dec 2022
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The purpose of this research is to analyze the effect of wine tourism activity on economic performance in the wine context of Ribera del Duero (Spain), as well as the mediating effect of ecological agriculture on this link. To this end, a conceptual [...] Read more.
The purpose of this research is to analyze the effect of wine tourism activity on economic performance in the wine context of Ribera del Duero (Spain), as well as the mediating effect of ecological agriculture on this link. To this end, a conceptual model is proposed based on the literature review carried out and contrasted through structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM) with data from 263 wineries, which in turn represent the population under study. The study results allow for us to empirically demonstrate the positive and significant relationship of wine tourism on performance, as well as the partial mediation of ecological agriculture in this relationship. The study thus contributes to the academic literature in a remarkable way given that, to our knowledge, there are no previous studies that have addressed the mediating role of ecological agriculture in the wine tourism–economic performance link. However, the research also suffers from certain limitations. In particular, given the relevance of the study, it is necessary to broaden its geographical scope so that, as a future line of research, it is proposed to contextualize the model proposed in the California wine industry, being able to subsequently establish similarities and differences in the Old and New World. Full article
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