Special Issue "Sustainable Diet Combining Socio-Economic, Environmental, and Nutritional Objectives"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Davide Menozzi
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Department of Food and Drug, University of Parma, Via Kennedy 6, 43125 Parma, Italy
Interests: analysis of consumer behavior and preferences; the evaluation of the socio-economic sustainability of dietary behaviors; economic analysis of food safety and food quality schemes with a value chain sustainability perspective
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Dr. Francesca Scazzina
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Department of Food and Drug, University of Parma, Via Volturno 39, 43125 Parma, Italy
Interests: diet sustainability; applying a nutritionist's viewpoint to a topic that had been mainly faced with an ecological approach; food educational projects implemented in primary schools; development of specific strategies and educational tools to improve nutritional knowledge; dietary habits and lifestyle
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Dr. Michele Donati
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Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, University of Parma, Parco Area delle Scienze, 33/A, 43124 Parma, Italy
Interests: assessing agri-food and agri-environmental policies through mathematical programming techniques; optimizing the economic and environmental profile of the food diet composition; developing sustainability indicators applied to food quality schemes and public food procurement

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the context of global and environmental challenges, involving growth in world population and urbanization, climate change, biodiversity reduction, water depletion, ecosystem degradation, food loss and waste, etc., the transition towards more healthy and sustainable diets is necessary for global sustainable development.

This Special Issue welcomes original research and reviews of literature focusing on sustainable dietary patterns and, in particular, on the following topics:

  • Models identifying sustainable diets involving multiple dimensions (e.g., nutrition/health, environmental impact, affordability, acceptability, equity, etc.);
  • Factors driving the adoption of sustainable diets;
  • Interventions by public and/or private bodies (e.g., information treatments, fiscal measures, education, labels, etc.) to promote sustainable diets;
  • Targets for healthy diets from sustainable food systems intertwined with the UN Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Comparing socioeconomic, environmental sustainability, and cultural interconnections of different dietary patterns;
  • Assessing the environmental impact of diets through Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approaches;
  • Relationships between sustainable diets and public food procurement strategies;
  • Shifts towards more sustainable dietary patterns, including reductions in food loss and waste, and implications for food production, retail and food service (including public or private canteens).

Papers selected for this Special Issue are subject to a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of the rapid and wide dissemination of the research results, developments, and applications.

Dr. Davide Menozzi
Dr. Francesca Scazzina
Dr. Michele Donati
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • sustainable diet
  • diet cost
  • nutrients
  • life cycle assessment
  • climate change
  • ecological impact
  • policy interventions
  • sustainable food systems
  • social acceptability

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Impacts of Excise Taxation on Non-Alcoholic Beverage Consumption in Vietnam
Sustainability 2020, 12(3), 1092; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12031092 - 04 Feb 2020
Abstract
Vietnam is faced with the issue of increasing overweight and obesity, particularly among children and adolescents in urban areas. As a result, the government of Vietnam recently introduced a proposal to impose a special consumption tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) in Vietnam, as [...] Read more.
Vietnam is faced with the issue of increasing overweight and obesity, particularly among children and adolescents in urban areas. As a result, the government of Vietnam recently introduced a proposal to impose a special consumption tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) in Vietnam, as the drinks are causing negative health consequences for Vietnamese people. This research is aimed at evaluating the impacts of a 10% special consumption tax on SSB in Vietnam using the Almost Ideal Demand System (AIDS) model. We found that a 10% SSB tax will reduce SSB consumption by 11.4%. Consumers will switch to substitutes, leading to an increase in the consumption of milk by 2.3%, beer by 2.5%, dried tea by 2.2%, and wine by 1.7%. However, in the short run, the tax could lead to a decrease in consumer welfare due to higher SSB prices. In addition to people from better-off households, people from the ethnic majority group, most of which live in urban areas with a large number of children, have a relatively high welfare reduction. Full article
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