Special Issue "Short Supply Chains, Food Authenticity, and Sustainable Agriculture"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 August 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Robert Home
Guest Editor
Department of Socio-Economic Sciences FiBL
Interests: Agricultural knowledge systems; Agricultural innovation networks; Behavioural motivations
Mr. Jan Landert
Guest Editor
Department of Socioeconomics, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, 5070 Frick, Switzerland
Interests: Jan Landert has a special interest in the sustainability of food systems. In this field, he developed indicators and methods to assess the sustainability of entire food systems, farms and businesses in the food sector.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Few scholars would disagree that the sustainability of our food consumption is an important goal for humanity, and many strategies have been proposed to achieve this sustainability. Prominent among these strategies is the concept of short supply chains, but research into the potential of short supply chains for solving issues of sustainability in agriculture and food authenticity is far from complete. This Special Issue welcomes contributions that examine short supply chains and their surrounding sustainability issues. Research subjects can include, but are not limited to:

  • The areas where sustainability is positively impacted by shortening supply chains, such as reducing carbon emissions, stimulating local economies, etc.
  • Impacts of shortening supply chains on our consumption behavior and the impact of short supply chains compared with other aspects of consumption, such as seasonal consumption, dietary changes, etc.
  • The sustainability trade-offs or barriers for implementing short supply chains, such as the high time investment for direct sales, more workload for women, institutional barriers, etc., and how to remove such barriers, such as embedding short supply chains into food policy, processing industry engagement, creating hubs for institutional buyers, establishing food policy councils, etc.
  • The contribution and extent of impact of community supported agriculture (CSA) on food integrity and short supply chains.
  • The enablers and barriers for CSA, such as access to land for consumer-driven CSA, farmers’ attitudes, urban areas, etc.

Dr. Robert Home
Mr. Jan Landert
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Short supply chains
  • Food integrity
  • Sustainable agriculture

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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