Barriers to sustainable food consumption and production in China: A fuzzy DEMATEL analysis from a circular economy perspective

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The global agri-food sector is in a dire need of transitioning into sustainable consumption and production patterns. The circular economy concept offers a viable pathway to improve resource efficiency and recover value from food loss and waste.

Although China has made circular economy a strategic component of its national development strategy, it has faced multiple barriers which persisted in the full-scale implementation of sustainable food consumption and production. We aimed to empirically investigate these barriers, based on data from three key stakeholder groups in the food supply chains: the food processors, sales and distribution firms, and consumers.

We quantified the cause-and-effect relationships among barriers by the fuzzy decision making-trial and evaluation laboratory analysis (Fuzzy DEMATEL) technique. All groups identify weak enforcement of environmental regulations and lack of environmental education and accountability as key cause barriers in China.

Our results suggest that policy level changes include enhanced regulatory attention, and new educational initiatives will be required in China. Managers should focus on waste separation and gaining economies of scale. Together, these initiatives will help promote sustainable consumption and production for a paradigm shift to a circular agri-food supply chain system.

Here, the research of VG Venkatesh.

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    VG Venkatesh V.G. Venkatesh is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management and Logistics area and has joined EM Normandie in 2019. He has a PhD in global sourcing and sustainability from the University of Waikato, New Zealand. His research interests are supplier networks, procurement, logistics infrastructure and sustainability. He has a consistent publication record with reputable journals and industry publications. He had won a prestigious Waikato university international fellowship, visiting fellowships of LaSabana University, Colombia, and Montpellier Business School, France. He is a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) with the APICS-USA and having around 20 years of experience across different geographies. A qualified trainer and LIFETIME Chartered member of Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and member of reputable associations such as Council for Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) and International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME). He is also a Senior Associate with NextPort (LATAM), an advisory group in Latin America. His name appears in the recent select list of global-level influential scholars on social media around responsible business area, proposed by the University of Bath, UK (#ThinkAmplifyList)”

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