Authors: Aubin House Payne,
Ebenezer Miezah Kwofie,
Published in: CSBE-SCGAB Technical Conferences » AGM Lethbridge 2023
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Description: The popularity of the circular economy concept has grown recently due to increased awareness of wasteful business practices and a growing recognition that the current resource use model is inefficient and unsustainable. While there is a general consensus that a transition to a circular economy involves recycling waste streams and using them to produce new high-value products, no strong agreement has been reached with regard to accomplishing this task. Additionally, most frameworks approach the circular economy as an environmental and economic problem only, not considering how society is impacted by decisions in the economic and environmental sectors. In order to reach its full potential as a holistic paradigm for sustainability, the circular economy must incorporate the impact of circularity on social welfare. The agricultural sector, and specifically the poultry industry, is a good starting point from which to examine the potential methods for incorporating social welfare considerations into circular economy frameworks.
One proposed method for circular economy implementation is the ReSOLVE framework, developed by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The ReSOLVE framework is unique in that it provides strategic goals (Regenerate, Share, Optimize, Loop, Virtualize and Exchange) to help businesses and governments make plans to increase circularity. Using the poultry industry as a case study, this research investigates the theoretical potential social implications of increasing circularity via the methods outlined in the ReSOLVE framework, adding a social perspective to the discussion of innovative waste management strategies.
Keywords: Circular economy, sustainability, social sustainability, poultry
Conference name: CSBE/SCGAB 2023 Annual Conference, Lethbridge, Alberta, 23-26 July 2023.
Publication type: Text.Abstract
Language 1: en
Rights: Canadian Society for Bioengineering