Special Issue "Circular Economy and Bio-Economy in the Agriculture: Advances in Public Policies and New Corporate Strategies on Sustainable Development"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

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Prof. Dr. Luis Jesús Belmonte-Ureña
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Dear Colleagues,

Traditionally, agriculture has been the primary source of resources for ensuring the health and nutrition of the world's population. Nowadays, agricultural production has a bigger potential contribution, even more if we consider problems such as food scarcity or unequality in several countries. Agricultural production has more than trippled over the last 50 years. Several reasons can explain this situation, such as the expansion of soils for agricultural use, the technological contribution of the green revolution and its implications on productivity or the accelerated growth of the population. However, climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) make the circular economy a necessary alternative to align the traditional processes with the sustainability challenges.

The aim of this Special Issue is to review strategies from both governments and firms, related with the circular Economy Framework as well as bio-economy in the agricultural sector (in line with the SDGs). This Special Issue invites the submission of papers focused on the evolution of public policies that affect sustainability and bio-economy. Moreover, papers that deepen on the evolution of companies’ and farmers’ strategies that operate in the agricultural sector in order to achieve more sustainable processes are welcome.

Finally, this Special Issue may contain papers that reflect the negative externalities produced by the linear production process as well as the particular strategies developed by farmers and companies which tend to adapt their process to the circular economy. It also will include papers related to new technologies applied, e.g. to obtain new nutrients from compost or reused water, the transition towards the use of renewable energy sources in agriculture, new technologies and sustainable materials: plastics, irrigation systems, new production structures, new technologies and sustainable materials applied to agriculture, such as plastics, new irrigation systems, and new production structures.

Prof. Dr. Luis J. Belmonte Ureña

Guest Editor

 

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Prof. Luis Jesús Belmonte-Ureña
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • circular economy
  • bioeconomy
  • agriculture
  • waste management
  • sustainable development
  • water management
  • social economy
  • new technologies
  • sustainable materials
  • conversion to circular agriculture

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Current Status, Barriers and Development Perspectives for Circular Bioeconomy in Polish South Baltic Area
Sustainability 2020, 12(21), 9155; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12219155 - 03 Nov 2020
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The following article presents the current legal situation in Poland as well as in the European Union. Data on biomass production in the Polish South Baltic area were analyzed, along with an indication of the key sectors for the development of bioeconomy. Presentation [...] Read more.
The following article presents the current legal situation in Poland as well as in the European Union. Data on biomass production in the Polish South Baltic area were analyzed, along with an indication of the key sectors for the development of bioeconomy. Presentation of the current state of biomass management was made and areas necessary for development were indicated to facilitate the sustainable management of biomass and waste generated during its processing. Differences between regions in the Polish South Baltic Area show how an individual approach in each of these areas is required. During the analysis, the most important barrier to the implementation of the circular economy was distinguished, which is the lack of an appropriate legal framework. This is to be changed by the Circular Economy Road Map, adopted in 2019. Full article
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Farmer Awareness and Implementation of Sustainable Agriculture Practices in Different Types of Farms in Poland
Sustainability 2020, 12(19), 8022; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12198022 - 28 Sep 2020
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Sustainability has been an emerging issue for years in the economy and agriculture. Making agriculture sustainable has become so essential that it has become part of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). However, producers ultimately decide individually the practices they implement. This is why [...] Read more.
Sustainability has been an emerging issue for years in the economy and agriculture. Making agriculture sustainable has become so essential that it has become part of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). However, producers ultimately decide individually the practices they implement. This is why farmers play a central role in ensuring a sustainable agricultural system, which results from farmers’ knowledge and expectations. Although numerous studies address sustainability issues, little is known about farmers’ knowledge and implementation of sustainable practices at different types of farms, especially in central and eastern Europe. This study aimed to determine Polish farmers’ awareness of sustainability with regards to animal and crop production. This paper also shows how farmers value the advantages arising from sustainable production. The study was carried out among 300 farms classified by type (dairy, beef cattle, pork, and crop production). The research instrument used was a questionnaire, with the Likert scale. The results show that dairy farmers and pork farmers declared higher knowledge and better implement sustainable practices than other farmers. The producers’ views on the benefits coming from sustainable agriculture varied. However, the two most significant advantages were recognized—the protection of water against pollution and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Full article
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Effects of Circular Economy Policies on the Environment and Sustainable Growth: Worldwide Research
Sustainability 2020, 12(14), 5792; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12145792 - 18 Jul 2020
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The challenge of transitioning from a linear to a circular economy model is still ongoing and requires the development and application of new knowledge, leading to innovative, technological, and sustainable processes, products, and services. The evolution of global research on this topic from [...] Read more.
The challenge of transitioning from a linear to a circular economy model is still ongoing and requires the development and application of new knowledge, leading to innovative, technological, and sustainable processes, products, and services. The evolution of global research on this topic from 2004 to 2019 was studied in this work. For this purpose, a bibliometric analysis of 1366 articles was applied, producing results on the scientific productivity of the driving agents that most contribute to this theme. The findings show a growing interest, especially in the last four years, in the study of circular economy (CE) policies on the environment. The main subject area that articles address is environmental science. Five research lines have been identified, which mainly study the efficient management of energy resources and the economic factors that make the CE model possible: Environmental pollution and agricultural activity; waste management to avoid a negative environmental impact; improvement of the environmental impact through ecological products; the product life cycle, and the consequences of climate change. The implementation of CE policies will contribute to making economies less dependent and unprotected and more competitive. Global research has exhibited an upward trend during the period analyzed and has grown exponentially since 2015, coinciding with the publication of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda. Full article
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