Life cycle assessment of food products

Simon Fraval, Corina E. van Middelaar, Brad G. Ridoutt, Carolyn Opio

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Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) provides a rigorous framework to assess a product against a range of environmental impact categories from the ‘cradle to the grave’. LCA sets out a clear method for analysis, including goal and scope definition, Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) development, Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) and interpretation. This article provides an overview of each of these LCA phases, with a specific focus on food and agriculture. We provide a summary of LCAs applied to food and agriculture, as well as insights into LCA’s function in providing a more food secure future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Food Security and Sustainability
EditorsP. Ferranti, E.M. Berry, J.R. Anderson
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780128126882
ISBN (Print)9780128126875
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Acidification
  • Agriculture
  • Biodiversity
  • Crops
  • Eutrophication
  • Food security
  • Global warming
  • Impact assessment
  • Livestock
  • Packaging
  • Product environmental footprinting
  • Science communication
  • Sustainability
  • Water scarcity


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