Special Issue "Environmental Innovation in the Agri-Food Sector"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Science and Engineering".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.
Interests: environmental economics; agricultural economics; sustainable development; public economics; international agri-food trade; sustainable supply chains; eco-innovation; bioeconomy
Interests: environmental economics; agricultural economics; sustainable development; international agri-food trade; sustainable supply chains; eco-innovation, bioeconomy
We would like to invite you to submit contributions to the Special Issue of IJERPH entitled “Environmental Innovation in the Agri-Food Sector”.
Environmental innovation, also known as eco-innovation, ecological innovation, green innovation, or sustainable innovation, can be defined as the introduction of new products or significantly increasing product/service’s value, improving processes, and creating organizational changes and new marketing solutions that can minimize the use of natural resources (including material, energy, water, and soil), as well as reduce the release of dangerous substances throughout a product life cycle.
The heightened awareness of environmental problems, the limitation of natural resources, and the increasing world population highlight the need to discover new ways of using natural resources more efficiently in order to achieve a balance between consumption requirements and environmental sustainability. In this context, new environmentally friendly production methods, as well as ecological improvements in product characteristics, organizational capabilities, and marketing practices are required to achieve greater respect for the environment. This objective can be reached by encouraging firms and countries to implement green innovations, especially in sectors with considerable environmental impacts in terms of pollution and water and energy consumption, such as agri-food production and commercialization, where, on the contrary, it has been less studied.
This Special Issue will collect theoretical or empirical manuscripts that can add knowledge and experiences in the field of addressing eco-innovation in the agri-food sector in order to reduce the use of natural resources, decrease the release of harmful substances, and improve an agri-food firm´s environmental performance. Covered topics include the definition of the concept of environmental innovation in farming and agri-food commercialization activities, the identification and evaluation of factors fostering eco-innovation, measurement tools for assessing eco-innovation implementation, organizational barriers, added value in farmers because of green innovations, new challenges to become more eco-innovative, among others. We will give priority to papers with a multidimensional approach to the analysis of environmental innovation in the agri-food sector.
Prof. Laura Piedra-Muñoz
Prof. Emilio Galdeano Gómez
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. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 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 2300 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.
- agri-food sector
- environmental performance