S.J. McLaren, Massey University, New Zealand
This chapter provides an introduction to life-cycle thinking, Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Management. It gives a brief history of LCA development, describes LCA methodology, and discusses specific issues that arise in assessment of food systems. These include assessment of land occupation, soil quality, carbon storage, crop rotations, variability in agricultural practices and yields, consumer behaviour, sewage treatment, definition of the functional unit, and co-product allocation.
Life Cycle Assessment
Life Cycle Management