Inclusion of social aspects in Life cycle Assessment of food

S.A. Kruse,     Ecotrust, USA


This chapter focuses on how the social ‘pillar’ of sustainability might be more fully integrated into the Life Cycle Assessment framework in the specific context of food production systems. The chapter includes a discussion of why social impacts are relevant in the context of food production systems and also highlights several existing food system applications of social impacts using life-cycling thinking.

Key words

Life Cycle Assessment

food production

social impacts

social indicators

12.1 Introduction

The global population is exploding. From 1950 to 2000, the population grew from 2.5 billion to just over six billion, a 247% increase. ...

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