Special Issue "Sustainable Methods for Food Waste Valorization"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2019).
Prof. Dr. Thomas A. Trabold
The global food industry continues to be burdened by the problem of food waste, as we attempt to minimize the environmental impacts of feeding an ever-growing population. In fact, it is widely reported that 30 to 40% of food produced is never consumed by humans. Although ongoing technical improvements and consumer education will help reduce the fraction of food that is wasted, it is inevitable that there will still be massive volumes of food materials needing proper disposition at the end-of-life. This Special Issue comprises papers addressing challenges and opportunities in sustainable methods for food waste valorization across the farm-to-fork spectrum; from agriculture through all downstream phases of food processing, distribution and consumption. Topics of interest include methods for food waste valorization through dehydration, composting, waste-to-energy conversion (e.g., anaerobic digestion, fermentation, transesterification, gasification, pyrolysis, hydrothermal liquefaction, etc.), and upcycling to value-added products, such as fertilizer, animal feed and nutritional supplements. Additionally within scope are assessments of embodied water and energy resources in food waste, comparative analysis of sustainable waste disposition methods and incumbent technologies (such as landfilling and wastewater treatment), as well as case studies involving environmental and/or economic evaluation of commercially deployed food waste valorization systems.
Prof. Dr. Thomas A. Trabold
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- food waste
- anaerobic digestion