Optimising land use and consumption of livestock products in the human diet with an increasing human population in the Netherlands

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Abstract

Land use related to food production is generally quantified using product-based life cycle assessments. We, however, quantified land use of diet scenarios with a land use optimization model. Energy and protein requirement of human populations, varying from 15 to 30 mil-lion people, were met with the consumption of arable crops, meat and milk. Diet scenarios explored contained 0% up to 80% of animal protein. First findings show that a limited contribution of animal protein in the diet resulted in lowest land use per capita, because of utili-zation by livestock of products inedible for humans. Moreover, utilization of land unsuitable for crop production provides the opportunity to sustain a larger population compared to a situation in which these soils were not used to produce food.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Life Cycle Assessment Food Conference (LCA Food 2014)
Pages1439-1444
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event9th International Conference Life Cycle Assessment of Food Conference (LCA Food 2014), San Francisco, USA -
Duration: 8 Oct 201410 Oct 2014

Conference

Conference9th International Conference Life Cycle Assessment of Food Conference (LCA Food 2014), San Francisco, USA
Period8/10/1410/10/14

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