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Isaac Emery

The Good Food Institute
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I am a scientist with experience in life cycle assessment (LCA) of agricultural products and energy systems. Current projects include reviews of intensive livestock systems in the U.S., assessment of cellular agriculture systems (particularly "clean meat"), and an analysis of trade-offs between safety improvements and externalized human health impacts.



General Information

Member ID 0981
First Name Isaac
Last Name Emery
Member Since May 11, 2017


I am a scientist with expertise in sustainability metrics and life cycle assessment in energy, agriculture, vehicles, and related supply chains. At the Good Food Institute, I work to advance our knowledge of the potential environmental and human health impacts of developing food production systems. In particular we focus on the potential for cellular agriculture, plant-based, and clean meat, eggs, and dairy to revolutionize agricultural systems. I apply life-cycle thinking and analytical tools to quantify the benefits and costs of the resulting impacts of these technologies.

In 2013, I graduated with a Ph.D. from Purdue University’s Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department through the Ecological Sciences and Engineering Interdisciplinary Graduate Program. My research, conducted at Purdue’s Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering and at Argonne National Laboratory, focused on the role of biomass storage and supply chain in the environmental impacts of biofuel production. As a postdoctoral scientist with the Air Force Institute of Technology and the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education, I developed models and reports to inform local and regional decision-making related to vehicle fleet management, air quality, and groundwater remediation.

Prior to my graduate work, I earned a B.A. in Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology from Whitman College and worked to uncover some of the biochemical mechanisms of atherosclerosis as a Research Scientist at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Research Interests

life cycle assessment
cellular agriculture
human health
climate change impacts
urban agriculture
land use


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Organization The Good Food Institute
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City Seattle
Country United States

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