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Trends in scientific literature on the environmental sustainability of the artichoke (Cynara cardunculus L. spp.) supply chain

Roberto Leonardo Rana (Department of Economics, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy)
Christian Bux (Department of Economics, Management and Business Law, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Bari, Italy)
Mariarosaria Lombardi (Department of Economics, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 15 November 2022

Issue publication date: 16 May 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The research provides a systematic literature review on the environmental sustainability of the globe artichoke [Cynara cardunculus L. var. scolymus (L.) Fiori], in the cultivated cardoon [Cynara cardunculus L. var. altilis DC.] and in the wild cardoon [Cynara cardunculus L. var. sylvestris (Lamk)] supply chains, to fill in the literature data gaps and to identify new research directions.

Design/methodology/approach

In the light of the PRISMA standard guidelines, the research provides a systematic literature review according to six research strings on Scopus and Web of Science. 45 scientific articles have been selected out of 407 contributions. Data have been synthesized according to a co-word analysis through the VOSviewer software, to provide insights into the structure of the research network, to offer a multidimensional scaling and clustering into research groups and to discuss the results.

Findings

The research identifies five main research trends: (1) biomass-to-bioenergy or biomass-to-biocomposite materials; (2) waste-to-bioenergy or waste-to-bioproducts; (3) crop management to increase yield productivity; (4) environmental impacts assessment; (5) irrigation water management. Besides, the research highlights momentous challenges and adopted strategies to tackle climate change and to reduce natural resources consumption, as well as the nexus between circular economy and environmental impact assessment.

Originality/value

The novelty of this study relies on the fact that it analyses the environmental sustainability of the Cynara cardunculus L. spp. Supply chain in a systematic way, giving the opportunity to identify future research directions regarding the environmental impacts associated with agricultural production and industrial transformation.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the University of Foggia (Italy) - “Fondo per Progetti di Ricerca di Ateneo”, Rectoral Decree no. 2440/2020 of 29 December 2020.

Citation

Rana, R.L., Bux, C. and Lombardi, M. (2023), "Trends in scientific literature on the environmental sustainability of the artichoke (Cynara cardunculus L. spp.) supply chain", British Food Journal, Vol. 125 No. 6, pp. 2315-2332. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-07-2022-0571

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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