Special Issue "Food Loss and Waste: The Challenge of a Sustainable Management through a Circular Economy Perspective"
A special issue of Resources (ISSN 2079-9276).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2020).
Interests: consumer behavior; demand analysis; food waste; circular economy models; household living standards; local-level estimates
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Interests: consumer behavior; sustainable consumption; food waste; sharing economy; circular economy
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In recent years, the importance of monitoring and reducing food loss and waste (FLW) throughout the entire food supply chain (FSC) has been widely recognized. From this perspective, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the UN foresees to “halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses” (SDG Indicator 12.3).
The reduction of FLW has also been recently observed at a European level, with the directive amending the European Waste Framework Directive, according to which the effective reduction of FLW and the improved resource use efficiency should pass from a circularity approach within the entire FSC. Indeed, by facilitating the transition to a more sustainable management of materials, it would be possible to contribute to the aim of “smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth” foreseen by the European common strategy.
Furthermore, bearing in mind the global environmental impacts of food wastage, the importance on concentrating on FLW produced along the entire food supply chain has emerged as an effective starting point for quantifying the overall amount of wastage produced, emphasizing possible prevention actions, as well as re-using and valorising waste.
This Special Issue focuses on the sustainable management of FLW through stimulating contributions that address the valorisation of FLW from both business and consumer perspectives. Therefore, we anticipate contributions covering applied research focused on the following: (i) business case-studies and solutions emphasizing the valorisation of loss, by-products, and waste in the various stages of FSC; (ii) the role of digital innovation and reinvention, as well as of social-medias, for preventing, monitoring, and reducing FLW; and (iii) the investigation of the active role consumers play both when purchasing and consuming food (at home or out-of-home). Moreover, with the aim of emphasizing the importance of re-using resources throughout the FSC, methodologic contributions aimed at improving the methodologies and processes for collecting reliable data on loss and waste are also welcome.
- Principato, L., Ruini, L., Guidi, M., & Secondi, L. (2019). Adopting the circular economy approach on food loss and waste: The case of Italian pasta production. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 144, 82-89.
- Corrado, S., Caldeira C, Eriksson M, Hanssen OJ, Hauser HE, Holsteijn FH, Liu G, Östergren K, Parry A, Secondi L, Stenmarck Å, Sala, S. Food waste accounting methodologies: Challenges, opportunities, and further advancements. Global Food Security, 20, 93-100
- Principato, L. (2018). Food Waste at Consumer Level: A Comprehensive Literature Review. Springer.
- Principato, L., Pratesi, C. A., & Secondi, L. (2018). Towards Zero Waste: an Exploratory Study on Restaurant managers. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 74, 130-137.
- Secondi, L., Principato, L., & Laureti, T. (2015). Household food waste behaviour in EU-27 countries: A multilevel analysis. Food Policy, 56, 25-40.
Dr. Luca Secondi
Dr. Ludovica Principato
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- Food loss and waste
- Sustainable waste management
- Food supply chain
- Circular economy
- Food surplus
- Food waste behaviour