Call for Papers on Sustainable Food Systems
Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment on ‘The Role of Developing and Emerging Economies in Sustainable Food Systems’ can be submitted until 1 July 2022.
Sustainable food systems are one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century. This includes food supply and food security as well as sustainable production systems and sustainable diets. Goals such as combating hunger and reducing poverty, which are established in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and have been identified as crucial for achieving other goals as well, can only be achieved if humanity is able to make food systems more sustainable, linking environmental issues with nutritional, economic, social and health needs.
Life cycle assessment has a significant role to play here as an analytical tool for decision-making. In the last three decades, for example, LCA research has made it possible to analyse complex agricultural and food systems using a holistic approach in which different environmental impacts, but also social impacts, can be assessed together. What began in the late 1990s as individual case studies on various agricultural, animal or fishery products, today makes it possible to map the environmental and social impacts of feeding entire countries, and more and more environmental impact categories that are specifically relevant to nutrition, such as biodiversity, can be mapped.
The Special Issue “The Role of Developing and Emerging Economies in Sustainable Food Systems” provides a forum to contribute to the above questions. Some research articles will be selected from the proceedings of the “13th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment of Food” to be held in Lima, Peru, 12-14 October 2022.
Guest editors of the Special Issue are Ian Vázquez-Rowe from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima, Sergiy Smetana from German Institute of Food Technologies – DIL e.V. and Ulrike Eberle from corsus-corporate sustainability GmbH.
We look forward to receiving submissions by 1 July!