Track chairs: Luigi Cembalo, Massimiliano Borrello
Circular Economy (CE) — which draws its core principle ‘waste=food’ from the biological principle of leveraging cyclic processes — addresses this issue by supporting an industrial system that is restorative by intention and design. CE aims at enhancing sustainability by replacing the traditional ‘take-make-dispose’ linear pattern with radically innovative industrial metabolisms in which all steps of value chains are planned in order to use waste as input of new processes. In so doing, CE envisions an active participation of all stakeholders in the supply chain, thus reconfiguring the role of economic actors for the transition to more sustainable productions.
This track addresses the role of agroecology for the transition to CE in the agro-food sector, with a special focus on the role of organic agriculture. Different agroecological approaches are seeking to reduce the environmental impact of agricultural activities and restoring biogeochemical equilibria. In the case of organic farming, scientists have mainly investigated this scheme under the traditional linear mind-set, thus separately addressing the issues of food production, retailing, and consumption. Since organic farming has prevailed so far to address sustainability in agriculture, future research cannot be exempted from exploring the potential of this approach in the context of CE system innovations.
We welcome theoretical and empirical contributions from researchers and practitioners on themes related to this specific track. All contribution should provide results relevant for the development of the organic sector. Themes related to this track include, but are not limited to:
- Conceptual analysis of CE and its relations with sustainability and/or organic agriculture
- Circular organization and management in organic supply chain
- New solutions for food waste reduction and recycling in the organic system
- Business model for circular economy in organic supply-chains
- Green and minimal packaging in organic food supply chains
- Consumers’ participation in Circular economy