Special Issue "Sustainable Food System in the European Union"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Mariarosaria Lombardi
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Department of Economics, University of Foggia, Via Antonio Gramsci, 89, 71122 Foggia FG, Italy
Interests: social and technological innovation in agro-food system and energy sector; environmental sustainability of production processes; climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies
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Dr. Vera Amicarelli
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Guest Editor
Department of Economics, Management and Bussines Law, University of Bari Aldo Moro, 70124 Bari, Italy
Interests: material flow analysis (MFA); circular economy applied particularly to agro-food sector and food loss and waste; environmental sustainability of production and consumption processes; bioenergy (biodiesel and bioethanol)
Dr. Erica Varese
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Guest Editor
Department of Management, University of Turin, 10124 Turin, Italy
Interests: food related aspects (e.g., food businesses, labelling, quality assurance and certification schemes, food waste management, industrial tourism); consumer science, protection and perception; international trade and customs

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Among the efforts to tackle climate and environmental challenges, the European Green Deal (EGD) plays an important role proposing a holistic approach in which all European actions and policies contribute to the objectives of the Green Deal itself. The EGD plans new, sustainable and inclusive growth strategies to enhance the economy, people's health and quality of life, taking care for nature, and leaving no one behind. The Farm to Fork (F2F) Strategy is one of the EGD strategies focused on sustainable food systems and the complex links between healthy people, healthy societies and a healthy planet. The F2F strategy, while emphasizing the awareness that food systems remain one of the key drivers of climate change and environmental degradation, highlights the need of transition towards a green agri-food system.

The main goals of the F2F strategy are to ensure sufficient, affordable and nutritious food within planetary limits; to guarantee sustainable food production through a substantial reduction in pesticides, antimicrobials and fertilisers use and an increase in organic farming; to promote more sustainable food consumption and healthy diets; to minimize food loss and waste; to fight food fraud and to improve animal welfare. The F2F strategy’s aim can be summarized as a shift to a sustainable food system able to bring environmental, health and social benefits; offer economic gains and ensure sustainable growth paths.

This Special Issue of Sustainability intends to contribute to this field by collecting high-quality studies and research works related to the complexity of food systems to measure the progress in the achievement of F2F and EGD strategies’ goals.

This Special Issue is designed to encourage researchers to share their results by submitting original research articles, case studies, reviews, critical perspectives and viewpoint articles. The Special Issue’s final results will provide an updated picture of the effectiveness of the F2F strategy and of any corrective actions needed.

Dr. Mariarosaria Lombardi
Dr. Vera Amicarelli
Dr. Erica Varese
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • European Green Deal
  • Farm to Fork
  • circular economy
  • food system
  • green agri-food systems
  • food loss and waste
  • organic farming
  • animal welfare
  • healthy diets

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Consumer Choice for Milk and Dairy in Romania: Does Income Really Have an Influence?
Sustainability 2021, 13(21), 12204; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132112204 - 05 Nov 2021
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Milk and dairy are basic food products and their importance in healthy human development is well known. However, this does not mean that the consumers’ requests for these products are not evolving and fitting into the new context of sustainable development. By conducting [...] Read more.
Milk and dairy are basic food products and their importance in healthy human development is well known. However, this does not mean that the consumers’ requests for these products are not evolving and fitting into the new context of sustainable development. By conducting a quantitative analysis on 847 answers regarding milk and dairy consumption offered by Romanian consumers, the objective of this study is to reveal what are the main factors of influence for respondents when choosing a milk or dairy product, and to see if these factors are evolving towards including sustainability-related aspects. The results point out that while price and store availability are still present as choice criteria, new aspects that might be related to a sustainable behavior, such as ecologic certification, country of origin or traditional products, are considered by the respondents when purchasing milk and dairy. However, this depends on the level of income; higher incomes allow respondents to consider new criteria. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Food System in the European Union)
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