Special Issue "Sustainability Performance of Conventional and Alternative Food Chains"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2016).
Interests: rural development strategies; sustainable food systems; marketing of local food; innovation in agriculture and rural areas; small farms; food security; digitalisation
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In the last two decades, the corporate-based food system has been shaken by a loss of reputation, due to concerns about its sustainability. In order to respond or to anticipate to an increasing demand of information about sustainability of products and processes, food businesses have addressed the sustainability issue seriously, investing in technologies, measurement tools, certification schemes, and social reporting. This effort put some pressure on 'alternative food chains', that have introduced the issue among consumers by putting into light the vulnerability of the existing food system, and giving consumers the opportunity of choosing alternative products and processes with a high reputation of sustainability. An increasing number of scholars have developed sustainability assessment of food chains, extending the range of sustainability criteria well beyond the environmental ones.
Surprisingly, a growing number of studies show that the superiority of local food chains with regard to sustainability is not to be taken for granted. Methodologies with a high reputation of scientific rigour, such as LCA, tend to confirm these limits. However, there is more than a suspicion that existing sustainability metrics are not appropriate to the characteristics of alternative food chains, and that, when using them as instruments to influence consumers or policy makers, they alter the balance of power in favour of corporates.
The Special Issue will accept papers addressing these questions:
- How is the sustainability performance assessment of food systems evolving?
- How does assessment evolve in relation to the evolution of the meaning of sustainability? What is the impact of sustainability assessment on the governance of food chains?
- What are the methodological differences implied in measuring sustainability of local and global food chains?
Prof. Gianluca Brunori
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- sustainability performance assessment
- local food chains
- global food chains
- alternative food chains
- assessment methodologies
- governance of food chains