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Circular Economy in the Agri-Food Sector: Opportunities and Challenges


  • TANASE, George Cosmin


The Agri-Food sector globally faces food resource scarcity and food waste challenges throughout the food supply chain. There are substantial food losses and food wastes in supply chains globally, from farm gate to table, mainly due to lack of required market infrastructure, ignorance and lack of safe transport, improper packaging, lack of standardization and grading, underdeveloped cold chains, and insufficient processing. The increasing population demands more food and, in several ways, adds to more food waste, too. Adding to this is the scenario where agriculture is facing resource scarcity, degradation of natural resources, and human health hazards due to the adoption of unsustainable agricultural practices. All this is exerting adverse effects on the ecosystem.

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  • TANASE, George Cosmin, 2022. "Circular Economy in the Agri-Food Sector: Opportunities and Challenges," Romanian Distribution Committee Magazine, Romanian Distribution Committee, vol. 13(3), pages 34-40, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:rdc:journl:v:13:y:2022:i:3:p:34-40

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    Supply Chain; Ecology; Agriculture; Digitalization; Sustainability; Waste; Public Health;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • L15 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Information and Product Quality
    • L66 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Food; Beverages; Cosmetics; Tobacco
    • L81 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Retail and Wholesale Trade; e-Commerce
    • M31 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Marketing and Advertising - - - Marketing
    • P46 - Political Economy and Comparative Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - Consumer Economics; Health; Education and Training; Welfare, Income, Wealth, and Poverty
    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development
    • Q02 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Commodity Market
    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness
    • Q53 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Air Pollution; Water Pollution; Noise; Hazardous Waste; Solid Waste; Recycling
    • Q55 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Technological Innovation
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth


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