About this Research Topic
Historically, the criteria for food choice among consumers has been based on availability, palatability, price, quality, and nutritional attributes; however, evidence suggests that consumers are increasingly interested in the environmental impact of the foods they consume. While agricultural practices and packaging have important environmental impacts for many food products, the processing of foods, distribution, and food waste and loss all contribute significantly to the environmental footprint of this industry as well.
This Research Topic will focus on the interrelationships amongst food systems (e.g., production, processing, distribution, waste), health (consumption), the environment (sustainability), and public policy. Environmental burdens and costs will also be discussed, as will methodologies and techniques to calculate, model, and simulate these impacts. Case studies of specific industry segments will also be considered, as will developing technologies to improve efficiencies and decrease environmental impacts. Government policies will play a critical role in adoption and improvement of the food industry.
Keywords: Food, economics, sustainability, efficiencies, environment
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