Sustainability Reporting and Life Cycle Assessment for Agriculture

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 With increasing attention to sustainability issues in the food sector has come a rising interest in metrics for measuring and reporting the environmental profiles of food production systems and food products. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry commissioned two reports to inform Alberta's agriculture industry on this topic.
Life Cycle Assessment in Agriculture: Potential application, social licence and market access.
March 2014. N. Pelletier for Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.

This report identifies options for the use of life cycle assessment (LCA) for agriculture products and systems which could be adopted (or adapted for use) by industry and government. LCA is a formalized methodology that quantitatively helps to understand the distribution of resource demands and environmental impacts of agri-food products and supply chains.

Sustainability Indicators, Tools and Reporting Systems for Agri-Food Products.
March 2015. N. Pelletier for Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.
This report analyzes 22 internationally recognized sustainability systems or tools in the context of application to Alberta’s agriculture and agri-food sector from three aspects: applicability, accessibility, and reliability.

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This information published to the web on June 25, 2015.
Last Reviewed/Revised on August 3, 2017.