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Food Loss and Waste: A Sustainable Supply Chain Perspective

Food Loss and Waste: A Sustainable Supply Chain Perspective
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Author(s): S. Su Baysal (Dalhousie University, Canada) and M. Ali Ülkü (Dalhousie University, Canada)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 19
Source title: Disruptive Technologies and Eco-Innovation for Sustainable Development
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Ulas Akkucuk (Uşak University)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8900-7.ch006


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Sustainable production and consumption of food are vital for sustainable development. About one-third of all food produced for humans are either lost or wasted causing increased food insecurity and immense economic and social costs. In a world where famine has been an alarming issue, any action to reduce food loss and waste (FLW) is crucial. This chapter reviews, from a sustainable supply chain perspective, the extant literature on food supply chains and discusses FLW issues, especially within the context of sustainable consumption of fruits and vegetables. A framework for sustainable food supply chains (SFSCs) from both production and consumption ends are discussed. In doing so, such current disruptive intelligent technologies as blockchain and the internet of things are emphasized as potential enablers for SFSCs. Mainly driven by consumers' awareness of the pressing issues in the world and consumption behaviour, mitigating FLW in SFSCs would not only result in efficient land and water use but also positively impact climate change and livelihoods towards sustainable development.

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