Special Issue "Sustainability and Food Safety"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jie Xu
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Guest Editor
Center for Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, MA 02115, USA
Interests: food safety; food engineering; nanotechnology; antimicrobial compounds
Prof. Dr. Hongchao Zhang
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Guest Editor
China Agricultural University, Beijing 100083, China
Interests: food safety; food packaging; food processing
Prof. Dr. Juzhong Tan
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Guest Editor
Department of Food Science, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL 32307, USA
Interests: cold plasma tech; food safety engineering; human gut microbiota and artificial intelligence

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Food safety and sustainability have significant public health, economic, and environmental implications for human beings. Millions of cases of foodborne illness and billions of dollars in losses due to food spoilage have led to an increasing demand for food safety improvements of a sustainable manner. Many scientists are focusing on the development of new technologies to make our food safer and healthier. In the meanwhile, reducing food loss and waste across the global food supply chain can alleviate the environmental burden. In this case, we would like to invite you to participate in this Special Issue of Sustainability titled “Sustainability and Food Safety”, where you can contribute your thoughts and share your research outcomes.

This Special Issue will cover the progress in aspects of food safety improvements, particularly addressing environmental, economic, energy, and sanitary sustainability. The specific topics relevant to this issue include but are not limited to traditional and innovative food processing technologies, food packaging processes or materials, natural antimicrobial or antifungal compositions, developments in approaches that are effective at reducing agricultural food wastes and pesticides, biosensors for rapid detection of bacteria, and nanotechnology in food processing or delivery. Review papers concerning food safety issues and which address issues related to scalability, sustainability, environmental friendliness, and low cost are also welcome.

Dr. Jie Xu
Prof. Dr. Hongchao Zhang
Prof. Dr. Juzhong Tan
Guest Editors

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  • foodborne pathogens
  • food safety
  • food sustainability
  • sustainable food processing
  • innovative technologies
  • natural antimicrobials
  • biosensors
  • rapid and non- destructive detection
  • food traceability and supply chain
  • risk management
  • nanotechnology
  • food waste

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Spatial Differentiation of Non-Grain Production on Cultivated Land and Its Driving Factors in Coastal China
Sustainability 2021, 13(23), 13064; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132313064 - 25 Nov 2021
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The rapid development of urbanization and industrialization in coastal China in the past 20 years has exerted a huge squeezing effect on agricultural land use. The phenomenon of non-grain production on cultivated land (NGP) is very common, seriously threatening the protection of high-quality [...] Read more.
The rapid development of urbanization and industrialization in coastal China in the past 20 years has exerted a huge squeezing effect on agricultural land use. The phenomenon of non-grain production on cultivated land (NGP) is very common, seriously threatening the protection of high-quality arable land and national food security. In order to find out the overall situation regarding NGP on cultivated land in coastal China, this study revealed the spatial differentiation of NGP and its main driving factors by spatial autocorrelation analysis, multiple linear regression models and geographically weighted regression analysis (GWR). The results show that: (1) in 2018, the non-grain cultivated land area of 11 provinces along the coast of China was about 15.82 × 106 hm2, accounting for 33.65% of the total cultivated land area. (2) The NGP rate in 11 provinces gradually decreased from south to north, but the NGP area showed two peak centers in Guangxi province and Shandong province, then decreased gradually outwards. (3) The low economic benefit of the planting industry (per capita GDP and urban-to-rural disposable income ratio) was the most important driving force, leading to the spatial differentiation of NGP, while the number of rural laborers and land transfer areas also acted as the main driving factors for the spatial differentiation of NGP. However, the influence of each driving factor has obvious spatial heterogeneity. The non-grained area and the non-grain production rate at the municipal level were completely different from those at the provincial level, and the spatial heterogeneity was more prominent. In the future, the local government should control the disorganized spread of NGP, scientifically set the bottom line of NGP, reduce the external pressure of NGP, regulate multi-party land transfer behavior, and strengthen land-use responsibilities. This study can provide a scientific foundation for adjusting land-use planning and cultivated land protection policies in China and other developing countries. Full article
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