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The price of protein: Review of land use and carbon footprints from life cycle assessments of animal food products and their substitutes

Durk Nijdam, Trudy Rood and Henk Westhoek

Food Policy, 2012, vol. 37, issue 6, 760-770

Abstract: Animal husbandry, aquaculture and fishery have major impacts on the environment. In order to identify the range of impacts and the most important factors thereof, as well as to identify what are the main causes of the differences between products, we analysed 52 life cycle assessment studies (LCAs) of animal and vegetal sources of protein. Our analysis was focused only on land requirement and carbon footprints.

Keywords: Protein; Meat; Dairy; Fish; Meat substitutes; Environmental impact; Land use; Carbon footprint; Life cycle assessment (LCA) (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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