In recent times, scientists and economic policy authorities have been promoting viable solutions to address global emergencies related to human-caused climate change. In particular, there is a growing demand for renewable energy sources, technological innovation and energy-saving systems, and ecological and environ-mental sustainability of natural resources and the territory. At the center of this global effort, an increasingly significant role seems to be destined for the agricultural sector and agro-energy production systems due to the potential benefits in terms of production costs. However, the interest in non-conventional and low-impact energy sources requires an in-depth investigation not only of the advantages, in terms of availability and economic efficiency, but also of the impact on the envi-ronment and the quality of the landscape, as well as on the aspects of the overall intervention that must be adopted to allow the supply of agricultural products to the market. Given this scenario, the broad agro-energy issue would be incomplete without exhaustive economic sustainability analyses, which serve as operational decision support tools to measure the cost-effectiveness of investments in agro-energy production and its use. This study presents a methodological proposal to evaluate the economic convenience of energy investments for the production of renewable energy which represents a trade-off between food and non-food pro-duction to promote effective and efficient solutions for the allocation of resources. The results of the research must be read to make the agricultural company competitive, not forgetting that it is called upon to produce agricultural products for the market.

Sgroi F. (2023). Circular economy and sustainable agri-food systems. JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURE AND FOOD RESEARCH, 14 [10.1016/j.jafr.2023.100815].

Circular economy and sustainable agri-food systems

Sgroi F.
Primo
2023-12-01

Abstract

In recent times, scientists and economic policy authorities have been promoting viable solutions to address global emergencies related to human-caused climate change. In particular, there is a growing demand for renewable energy sources, technological innovation and energy-saving systems, and ecological and environ-mental sustainability of natural resources and the territory. At the center of this global effort, an increasingly significant role seems to be destined for the agricultural sector and agro-energy production systems due to the potential benefits in terms of production costs. However, the interest in non-conventional and low-impact energy sources requires an in-depth investigation not only of the advantages, in terms of availability and economic efficiency, but also of the impact on the envi-ronment and the quality of the landscape, as well as on the aspects of the overall intervention that must be adopted to allow the supply of agricultural products to the market. Given this scenario, the broad agro-energy issue would be incomplete without exhaustive economic sustainability analyses, which serve as operational decision support tools to measure the cost-effectiveness of investments in agro-energy production and its use. This study presents a methodological proposal to evaluate the economic convenience of energy investments for the production of renewable energy which represents a trade-off between food and non-food pro-duction to promote effective and efficient solutions for the allocation of resources. The results of the research must be read to make the agricultural company competitive, not forgetting that it is called upon to produce agricultural products for the market.
dic-2023
Sgroi F. (2023). Circular economy and sustainable agri-food systems. JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURE AND FOOD RESEARCH, 14 [10.1016/j.jafr.2023.100815].
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