Life Cycle Analysis of Food Systems

Life Cycle Analysis of Food Systems

A Student Communication Piece
By Sage Mosgrove, undergraduate at Dalhousie University

My name is Sage and I’m an undergrad student from Dalhousie University, and a member of the CREATE Climate-Smart Soils program.

This summer I assisted Drs. Peter Tyedmers and Robert Parker with the development and population of a food systems life cycle assessment (LCA) database! Roughly a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions can be traced back to food production systems, which is only one of the many ways food systems contribute to environmental degradation and human health concerns. The database I worked on this summer was created to help researchers study food systems at a global scale, facilitating sustainable development within the agri-food sector all around the world.

This work term has changed the way that I perceive the foods I eat and the systems they come from. So, to share my work, I’ve created an ArcGIS StoryMap that outlines everyday-life applications for food systems LCA research concepts. My goal for this piece was to use what I learned from my work to help those outside the science community connect to food systems research like I have.

To view my StoryMap and learn more about LCA applications, click here.

1 comment on “Life Cycle Analysis of Food Systems

  1. What a great way to help others understand LCA, by using a product we love: coffee! Very informative, thanks Sage!!

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