International Industrial Ecology Day 2023
Applying LCA to Understand the Food System 11:00-12:00 GMT (11:00-12:00 UTC)
Nov 30, 11am – 12pm (UTC+0), MS Teams
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The food system comprises a complex network of activities and actors, navigating convoluted supply chains to deliver energy and nutrients across the globe. In supplying these, it is estimated that agriculture is responsible for a third of all greenhouse gas emissions (Crippa et al, 2021) and 90% of tropical deforestation (Pendrill et al, 2022). Meanwhile, a third of all food produced fails to reach our plates (UNEP 2021), exacerbating these impacts and contributing to food insecurity. In the face of escalating climate and biodiversity crises, a dramatic shift in this system seems increasingly inevitable. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is increasingly being used as a tool to understand and reduce our food system’s impact on our planetary support systems, while taking a broader view of its implications on workers as well as the nutritional quality of our diets. Our webinar programme features food-related LCA research being undertaken at the University of Reading that explores small scale agroecological production systems, reviews methodologies to incorporate animal welfare aspects in LCA, impacts of nitrogen use and crop rotation, nutrition in disadvantaged communities, and sustainability analysis of food waste management in developing-world cities.
11:00 – 11:05 – Welcome from moderator (Eugene Mohareb)
11:05 – 11:15 – LCA in small scale agroecological production systems (Sally Westaway)
11:15 – 11:25 – Animal welfare considerations in LCA (Nina Adams)
11:25 – 11:35 – Crop rotations implications for nitrogen use (Michelle Felton & Simone Pfuderer)
11:35 – 11:45 – Nutrition and LCA of diets in disadvantaged communities (Jessica Bosseaux)
11:45 – 11:55 – Life cycle sustainability analysis of Dhaka’s organic waste management (Azad Ashraf
(Eugene Mohareb, Sally Westaway, Nina Adams, Michelle Felton & Simone Pfuderer, Jessica Bosseaux, Azad Ashraf)