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McAuliffe, G. A., Takahashi, T. and Lee, M. R. F. 2019. Applications of nutritional functional units in commodity-level life cycle assessment (LCA) of agri-food systems. International Journal Of Life Cycle Assessment.
|Authors||McAuliffe, G. A., Takahashi, T. and Lee, M. R. F.|
Purpose: The nutritional quality of final products is attracting an increased level of attention within life cycle assessment (LCA) literature of agri-food systems. The majority of these studies, however, are based on comparisons at the dietary level and, therefore, are unable to offer immediate implications for farmers as to how best to produce food. This article evaluates recent literature examining the nutrition environment nexus at the commodity-level, with the aim to identify potential pathways towards sustainability analysis that can inform both consumers and producers.
Methods: A systematic search of literature was carried out to produce a shortlist of studies, and strict exclusion criteria were applied to them afterwards to eliminate irrelevant material. The studies thus selected were classified into one of three tiers based on the level of complexity with regards to their functional units: (1) based on single nutrients; (2) based on composite indicators derived from multiple nutrients, and; (3) based on commodity-level analysis in a dietary context.
Results and discussion: Sixteen papers were identified for inclusion in the review. All of them accounted for climate change either directly or indirectly, whilst only five
Conclusions: The LCA community should continue the
|Keywords||Environment climate change; Nutrition; Nutrient desnsity score; Food production; Agriculture; Climate change; Literature review|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Journal||International Journal Of Life Cycle Assessment|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1007/s11367-019-01679-7|
|Open access||Published as ‘gold’ (paid) open access|
|Funder||Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council|
|Funder project or code||S2N - Soil to Nutrition - Work package 2 (WP2) - Adaptive management systems for improved efficiency and nutritional quality|
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|Online||07 Sep 2019|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||23 Aug 2019|
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