RESEARCH PAPER
ECO-INNOVATIONS AS A FACTOR OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND FOOD PROCESSING
 
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Politechnika Rzeszowska
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Urząd Statystyczny W Rzeszowie
Submission date: 2020-12-15
Final revision date: 2021-01-07
Acceptance date: 2021-01-13
Publication date: 2021-03-15
 
Zagadnienia Ekonomiki Rolnej / Problems of Agricultural Economics 2021;366(1):74–90
 
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Implementing the concept of sustainable development of the food economy requires profound and rapid changes in this area of economic activity. Following the current path may intensify the already existing problem of the declining biological and health quality of food. The aim of the paper is to define the essence and specificity of eco-innovations as a factor of sustainable development of agriculture and food processing. Bibliometric analysis based on a review of literature and an analysis of its content showed a systematic increase in the interest of scientists in the theory and practice of eco-innovations. They will be of particular importance in the evolution of food production and processing towards methods guaranteeing the highest biological and health quality of food products. The following conclusions can be drawn from these deliberations: the European food economy needs a paradigm shift, i.e. it is necessary to restore and use agricultural and processing methods which will allow the return to a high content of nutrients in food. This need stems both from the very low biological and health quality of many products and also from a need to protect the agricultural environment in an effective manner. A basic instrument fostering positive evolution is the use of eco-innovations, including solutions known as traditiovations; the objectives of the European Green Deal will strongly favor the support of ecoinnovations in food production and processing.
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