Special Issue "Sustainable Food Production and Food Packaging"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Food".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Carlo Ingrao
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Guest Editor
Department of Economics, University of Foggia, 71122 Foggia, Italy
Interests: environmental sustainability; energy efficiency; commodity sciences; environmental and industrial engineering; buildings, as well as materials science, agriculture and food production; food packaging; and bio-energies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Food demand is continuing to increase as a consequence of the increase in global population, and will undoubtedly continue to do so in the medium term. It is well known that most foods consumed worldwide are the result of a series of steps—from production to consumption—including processing and packaging.

With regard to the production step, everything starts with agriculture, which generates huge environmental impacts in terms of land use, water withdrawals, fossil fuel consumption, as well as of the emissions of pollutants and the generation of biomass losses.

Huge impacts also come from food processing, mainly due to the consumption of various energy sources, such as heat (e.g., blanching, drying, preservation), electrical energy (conveyors, pumping), cooling (during processing or storage), and lights, among others.

In addition to this, the food packing phase mainly contributes to the impacts associated with the use of packaging materials and products.

In this context, methodologies such as Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) are largely applied for the evaluation of those impacts, as well as of social and economic repercussions. The literature has documented that those two methodologies are valid and effective to address trade-offs, both between life cycle stages and between different sustainability pillars.

The Sustainability journal is quite familiar with the topic of sustainability in food processing and packaging, which is proven by the remarkable number of related papers that have been published thus far in the journal.

This Special Issue aims at furthering the understanding and deepening of such a topic with special regard to product and process innovation, and was designed to motivate prominent researchers to address issues of novelty and scientific relevance in the assessment and improvement of sustainability in food production and packaging systems.

Dr. Carlo Ingrao
Guest Editor

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  • sustainability
  • food production
  • food packaging
  • food processing
  • Life Cycle Assessment

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