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Special Issue "Food Waste and Climate-Smart Food Systems"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 July 2022) | Viewed by 700

Special Issue Editors

Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
Interests: food waste; recycling; climate change; food packaging
Director of the Library, Georgetown University Qatar, Doha, Qatar
Interests: bibliometrics; quantitative science studies; scholarly communication
Department of Agriculture, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
Interests: agricultural economics; consumer research; transport economics; health policy; choice modelling
Department of Natural Sciences, Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon
Interests: food safety; food processing; food waste

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Food loss and food waste are two of the most challenging dilemmas facing the world today, with serious repercussions on the food security, environment, and global economies. Addressing these challenges plays a vital role in ensuring sustainable economies and is at the core of developing climate-smart food systems. Diets and food loss and waste are largely ignored in national climate plans.

Sustainable food systems with minimal generation of food loss and food waste are critical to resolving food security, poverty alleviation, and adequate nutrition. Such systems play an important role in building resilience in communities responding to a rapidly changing global environment. Our food systems are continuously under increasing pressure to respond to numerous and complex challenges, including:

  • Increasing demands for greater quantity, quality, and diversity of food;
  • Mitigating food loss and waste;
  • Addressing chronic hunger, especially in developing regions, and obesity-related health conditions;
  • Addressing food price impacts on food security and wellbeing;
  • Mitigating climate change.

We seek original research contributions on understanding food loss and food waste that investigate food waste as part of climate-smart food systems from across disciplines.

Dr. Mohamad G. Abiad
Dr. Lokman I. Meho
Dr. Ali Chalak
Dr. Hussein F. Hassan
Guest Editors

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  • sustainable food systems
  • food waste
  • food loss
  • sustainability
  • food security
  • climate change

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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