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Framework in agriculture on the farm level

Haas, G.; Wetterich, F. and Geier, U. (2000) Framework in agriculture on the farm level. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 5 (6), pp. 345-348.

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Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a method that can be used to assess the environmental impact of agriculture, but impact categories and the functional unit of classical LCA’s must be adapted to the specific agricultural production process. Serving as an example, the framework of a LCA of 18 grassland dairy farms covering three farming intensity levels and carried out in the Allgäu region in southern Germany is presented. By focussing on the chosen impact categories and the respective, suitable functional units, the specific needs and backgrounds of conducting an agricultural LCA are discussed in general.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:agriculture; eco-balance; farm level; functional unit; impact category; Life Cycle Assessment; methodology
Subjects: Environmental aspects > Landscape and recreation
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Specific methods
Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Environmental aspects > Air and water emissions
Research affiliation: Germany > University of Bonn > Institute of Organic Agriculture
Related Links:http://www.scientificjournals.com/sj/lca/startseite, http://www.agrarhaas.de/4.html
Deposited By: Haas, Dr. Guido
ID Code:13909
Deposited On:19 Aug 2008
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:37
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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