Special Issue "Sustainable Agriculture Guided by the Environmentally Responsible Consumption"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Philippos Karipidis
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Guest Editor
Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Economics & Entrepreneurship, International Hellenic University, Sindos 57400, Greece
Tel. +302310013346
Interests: agricultural and food marketing; environmental management; quality management; green marketing; social responsibility
Assoc. Prof. Alexandra Pavloudi
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Guest Editor
Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Economics & Entrepreneurship, International Hellenic University, Sindos 57400, Greece
Tel. +302310013346
Interests: farm business management; environmental economics; agricultural entrepreneurship; agricultural marketing
Prof. Stamatis Aggelopoulos
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Guest Editor
Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Economics & Entrepreneurship, International Hellenic University, Sindos 57400, Greece
Tel. +302310013346
Interests: agricultural and food policy; financial management; environmental economics; quality management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call of the United Nations for action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The 12th Goal—responsible consumption and production—points out that achieving economic growth and sustainable development requires that we urgently reduce our ecological footprint by changing the way we produce and consume goods and resources. The agricultural and food sector substantially contributes to the total ecological footprint. Some indicative examples that demonstrate the urgency of the sectoral actions to be taken are that 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted every year, while almost 2 billion people go hungry or undernourished and other 2 billion people are overweight or obese. The food sector accounts for around 24 % of total greenhouse gas emissions, largely from the conversion of forests into farmland, while only 3 percent of the world’s water is potable, and humans are using it faster than nature can replenish it, while only one-fifth of the world’s final energy consumption in 2013 was from renewable sources. The present Special Issue goes beyond direct intervention policies. It attempts to analyze the actions of all market actors and highlight their role focusing on the connection of environmentally responsible food consumption with agricultural production.

This Special Issue focuses on the guidance of production by environmentally responsible consumption. More specifically, it encourages research and review manuscripts that analyze the guidance of farm input suppliers, farmers, food producers, processors, whole-sellers, retailers, and service providers, through sustainable consumption. It also welcomes studies analyzing the role of NGOs and public policy interventions that facilitate the market actors that supply food to become greener.

The Special Issue will include, but will not be limited to, the following topics:

  • The triple bottom line in food production and marketing (overall environmental, economic, and social impacts);
  • Environmentally responsible food consumption;
  • Sustainability of the agri-food supply system;Socially responsible agri-food supply chains;
  • Community supported agriculture;
  • Food waste minimization;
  • Eco-certification and eco-labeling;
  • Sustainable food security;
  • Sustainable agriculture and welfare;
  • Sustainable natural resource exploitation (sustainable soil management, water management, biodiversity, etc.);
  • Natural resource exploitation and climate change;
  • Response of agriculture to climatic change challenges;
  • Precision agriculture approach and sustainability;
  • Information technologies, accountability, and transparency;
  • Effective environmental innovations;
  • Meeting the climatic change challenges;
  • Market transparency and eco-efficiency;
  • Internalization of externalities.

Prof. Philippos Karipidis
Assoc. Prof. Alexandra Pavloudi
Prof. Stamatis Aggelopoulos
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 1700 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.


  • demand driven
  • consumption guided
  • sustainable agriculture
  • sustainable food consumption
  • sustainable food supply
  • environmental responsibility
  • market transparency
  • environmental accountability
  • eco-efficiency
  • response to sustainable consumption
  • internalization of externalities

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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