The applicability of LCA to evaluate the key environmental challenges in food supply chains

Anna K.S. Aronsson, Birgit Landquist, Aintzane Esturo, Gudrun Olafsdottir, Saioa Ramos, Guillermo Pardo, Thorkild Nielsen, Grace Patricia Viera Andrade, Erling Larsen, Sigurdur G. Bogason, Gyda Mjöll Ingolfsdottir, Eva Yngvadottir

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Abstract

System analysis was performed to gain an overview of key environmental challenges and pinpoint hotspots causing environmental impacts in three European food supply chains. An overview was obtained based on a review on LCA studies for beef, dairy, orange juice and aquaculture food supply chains. Similarities of the main environmental impacts were identified to rationalize and justify the selection of key performance indicators chosen for a simplified web based LCA tool developed within the EC funded project SENSE (FP7). Life Cycle Assessment methodology covered many of the key challenges identified but will not be sufficient to address all environmental impacts generated from the food supply chains. Especially for aquaculture impacts that are not taken into account with LCA are i.e. nutrient and organic matter releases, impacts associated with feed provision, diseases introduction, escapes, and changed usage of coastal areas. In agriculture land use and biodiversity are issues not well covered.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-Food Sector
EditorsRita Schenck, Douglas Huizenga
Number of pages11
PublisherACLCA
Publication date2014
Pages55-63
ISBN (Print)978-0-9882145-7-6
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event9th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-food Sector - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 8 Oct 201410 Oct 2014

Conference

Conference9th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-food Sector
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period08/10/201410/10/2014

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