From Linear to Circular Food Supply Chains: Achieving Sustainable Change

Stella Despoudi, Sankar Sivarajah, Manoj Dora

Research output: Book/ReportBook


This book aims to provide the reader with an understanding of the concept of the circular economy, in relation to food supply chains. The current food supply chain system, based upon the linear supply chain model, is unquestionably unsustainable: make, use, dispose. The circular supply chain model, on the other hand, aims to keep resources in use for as long as possible, while regenerating products/materials at the end of their service life. In short: reduce, reuse, recycle.

This book puts forwards the circular economy as an alternative to the traditional supply chain management models. The circular economy aims to minimise material, energy and environmental damage without restricting economic growth and social and technological progress. It involves transition to renewable energy sources, and it builds on economic, natural and social capital.

This shortform monograph will appeal to academics working in the fields of supply chain logistics, operation management, agricultural management, and sustainability more broadly.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages88
ISBN (Electronic)9783030726737
ISBN (Print)9783030726720
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Sustainability
  • sustainable supply chains
  • food production
  • circular economy
  • food waste


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