Evaluation of environmental impact of livestock production and products in EU countries

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Specialization and intensification of European farming systems have increased productivity. However, high livestock density, intensive land use and consumption of agrochemicals cause pressure on the environment. The aims of this study were to compare results of environmental assessment methods of livestock production and products in a cross-country comparison across Europe. We hypothesize that assessment methods based on agri-environmental indicators show extensive farming systems more environmentally favourable compared to intensive systems, whereas product based life cycle assessment (LCA) shows lower impacts from intensive systems. For agri-environmental indicators we used principal component analysis to identify the main factors of pressure caused by livestock production. LCA studies for national average values for livestock products were rare and focused mainly on greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, there was not adequate data and methods available to distinguish between organic and conventional animal production We found a negative correlation between carbon footprint of livestock products and principal component that identified intensity of agriculture. Agro-ecological zones and different production systems explain differences in cross-country comparison of livestock production and products across Europe.
StatusPublicerad - 13 okt 2020
MoE-publikationstypEj behörig
Evenemang12th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment of Food: LCA Food conference 2020 - Berlin (virtual), Berlin, Tyskland
Varaktighet: 13 okt 202016 okt 2020
Konferensnummer: 12


Konferens12th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment of Food


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