Special Issue "Household Food Purchases and Sustainable Diets"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Ilkka Leinonen
Guest Editor
Natural Resources Institute Finland, Latokartanonkaari 9, FI-00790 Helsinki, Finland
Interests: environmental life cycle assessment; ecosystem ecology; global carbon dynamics; plant and animal ecophysiology; systems modelling
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Dr. Cesar Revoredo-Giha
Guest Editor
Rural Economy, Environment and Society Department, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), King's Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JG, United Kingdom
Interests: consumers’ food and drink demand; operation of agrifood supply chains; introduction of new food and drink products
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Changes in eating patterns are an important step for building sustainable food and agricultural systems, and there is an agreement that global food sustainability cannot be achieved without a significant change in consumers’ diets. However, to reach this goal, there is a need to identify and facilitate the adoption of more sustainable diets. As part of this, it is essential to understand consumers’ interests in those diets, factors that affect their decisions, and how policy can help to move current diets towards more sustainable ones.

This Special Issue will comprise papers covering a wide range of aspects related to sustainable food consumption. It will explore—in developed and developing countries—food-purchasing patterns and consumers’ interest in food products with sustainable attributes. Therefore, we particularly encourage empirical papers that focus on understanding the demand for sustainable food products, consumers’ response to the introduction of new products associated with more sustainable primary production (including both conventional and organic production) processing, transport and packaging, and studies evaluating policies encouraging consumers to adopt sustainable diets (e.g., sustainability labels, marketing, taxes, and subsidies). Furthermore, papers on novel methodologies for sustainability assessment of diets are also highly encouraged.

Prof. Ilkka Leinonen
Dr. Cesar Revoredo-Giha
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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.


  • Sustainable diets
  • Sustainability assessment of food products
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Food purchases
  • New food products
  • Sustainability attributes
  • Consumers’ interest
  • Sustainability labels

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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