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Byproducts from Agriculture and Fisheries: Adding Value for Food, Feed, Pharma and Fuels

Byproducts from Agriculture and Fisheries: Adding Value for Food, Feed, Pharma and Fuels

Benjamin K. Simpson, Ebenezer M. Kwofie, Alberta N. Aryee

ISBN: 978-1-119-38398-7

Jul 2021

800 pages

Select type: E-Book


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The proposed book will focus on byproducts from major agricultural materials (i.e., from animal sources – red meats, dairy, poultry and eggs, fish/shellfish; from plant sources - fruits, vegetables, seeds, cereals and pulses, nuts and edible oils), and their transformation into value added products of commercial relevance for food / feed (e.g., animal feed and pet food) as well as non-food (e.g., pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and bioenergy) uses. The book will have 3 parts to it as follows: Part 1 on animal byproducts; Part 2 on plant byproducts; & Part 3 on the opportunities and constraints of commercial processing and value-addition.


The proposed book will cover byproducts derived from the harvesting and processing of major food and non-food agricultural products. The major agricultural food byproducts will include materials from selected cereals (e.g., rice, wheat, barley, oats, millet, and sorghum), vegetables (e.g., onions, carrots, tubers, asparagus, beans, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn, pepper, potato, tomato), fruits (e.g., cocoa, cola nuts, and shea butter), vegetable oils (e.g., palm oil, shea butter, cocoa butter), spices (e.g., basil, bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, ginger root, mustard, nutmeg, oregano, peppers, rosemary, thyme, turmeric), nuts (e.g., almonds, pecans, peanuts), meats (e.g., cattle, pork, poultry) and fish and shellfish. The non-food agricultural materials to be covered in the book will include byproducts from lignocellulosic materials and fibers (e.g., cotton, wool, hemp, silk, flax, bamboo, lumber, jute and kenaf).


The volume will also discuss techno-economic assessment, and economic value of agro waste as well as economic impacts and constraints of value addition. It will also include life cycle assessment (LCA) of agro waste to chemicals and energy.


The proposed book has advantages over its counterparts currently available with respect to:

  • focus on current developments and new technologies derived from recent research on byproducts utilization and management
  • broader scope, encompassing discards from animal (livestock, poultry and eggs, fish and shellfish, milk and dairy) and plant (fruits, vegetables, nuts, spices) sources. The assembling of materials from this range of sources will make the book a “one-stop shop” that provides useful information to a wide range of users
  • detailed descriptions of procedures for the transformation of the wastes into of value-added food and non-food products (e.g., biofuels, cosmetics, drugs, dyes, resins, building materials etc.), of commercial relevance for the benefit and use by prospective entrepreneurs.
  • new directions for future research on the subject
  • socioeconomic impacts of agricultural waste production and management