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Review of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Studies

Review of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Studies

Co-Editors-in-Chief: S. Marette; R. Le Velly

ISSN: 2425-6870 (print version)
ISSN: 2425-6897 (electronic version)

Journal no. 41130

Special Issue Call for papers: The Economics and Sociology of the Food-Health-Environment Nexus

Deadline for manuscript submissions: October 30 2019.

Accepted papers will be published during the second semester of 2020.

Editor: Stéphan Marette

This special issue addresses the food-health-environment nexus from economic, sociological and/or regulatory perspectives. Many scientific works highlight very strong links between food, environment and human health. In particular, the fragility of ecosystems that support agricultural production calls for producers’ and consumers’ responsibility, with efforts for changing the way food is produced and consumed. These studies have led to various consumption recommendations issued directly by scientific journals, such as the Lancet with its EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet and Health, or NGOs such as the WWF. These institutions underline possible changes in diets and farming practices around the world for improving human health and preserving the environment, with many challenges for the decision makers.
Both private strategies and public policies for improving diets and/or foods are difficult to determine and to implement. In farm sectors and supply chains, contracts and organizations should integrate environmental and public health objectives. However, the absence of incentives to provide sufficient environmental/healthy qualities often lead to sub-optimal choices by farmers, processors and retailers. Regulation could then be required to guarantee that products provide sustainable attributes for consumers. Public policies can target an overall change in consumers’ diets and/or innovations for having new products and new processes. However, there is no certainty that regulation will improve health, environment and sustainability, for instance because of imperfections coming from regulatory instruments.
The design and the evaluation of public policy require the use of different approaches in economics and social sciences. Given the importance of foods systems and diets to environmental public and health priorities, there is a need to better understand private strategies, consumers’ behaviors and regulatory possibilities. This special issue of Review of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Studies, entitled “The Economics and Sociology of the Food-Health-Environment Nexus” aims at compiling recent research on this important topic.
This special issue is associated with the Diet+ research program, but is not limited to its participants. We invite researchers to consider submission of their original research, case studies or reviews. Short-research articles or mini-review articles are also invited. To better understand complex relationships, we welcome papers in economics, sociology or political science.
Manuscripts should be submitted online by following the instructions provided on the RAFE website. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. All manuscripts will be thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. For this special issue, all the papers should be submitted in English, including papers in sociology or political science. Please indicate in your cover letter that this article is submitted to the special issue.
When you submit your paper for this special issue, please tick the box "Special Issue Food Health Environment".
Manuscripts can be submitted until October 30 2019. The review process shall be finished on February 28 2020 and selected authors shall have to resubmit their revised draft before May 30 2020.

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    Review of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Studies is a scientific peer-reviewed journal encouraging new perspectives for research and analysis in economics and sociology on the topics of production, agricultural markets and trade, agricultural and food industry production, food consumption, the environment and natural resources, and rural areas and land use. The Review welcomes theoretical and empirical research, in English. In economics, only articles in English must be submitted. In sociology, articles may be submitted in French or in English but the publication in the end will be in English - if the article is accepted, authors have to translate it into English. 
    The Review also invites submissions of replication of empirical results in the fields covered by the journal.
    RAFE is indexed in, among others, Journal of Economic Literature, Sociological abstracts, REPEC.

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