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Environmental assessment of organic soybean (Glycine max.) imported from China to Denmark: a case study

Knudsen, Marie Trydeman; Yu Hui, Qiao; Yan, Luo and Halberg, Niels (2010) Environmental assessment of organic soybean (Glycine max.) imported from China to Denmark: a case study. Journal of Cleaner Production, 18 (14), pp. 1431-1439.

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Document available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2010.05.022


Growing global trade with organic products has increased the demand for environmental impact assessments during both production and transport. Environmental hotspots of organic soybeans produced in China and imported to Denmark were identified in a case study using a life cycle assessment
approach. Furthermore, environmental impacts of organic and conventional soybeans at farm gate were compared in the case study. The total global warming potential (GWP) per ton organic soybeans imported to Denmark revealed that 51% came from transportation and 35% from the farm level.
Comparing organic and conventional soybean at farm gate showed that GWP, non-renewable energy use, acidification and eutrophication was lower per ton organic soybeans, whereas land use was slightly higher.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Conventional; LCA; Soybean; Organic; Transport
Subjects: Farming Systems
Food systems > Processing, packaging and transportation
Environmental aspects
Research affiliation: Denmark > DARCOF III (2005-2010) > GLOBALORG - Sustainability of organic farming in a global food chains perspective
Denmark > AU - Aarhus University > AU, DJF - Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
Denmark > SOAR - Research School for Organic Agriculture and Food Systems
Denmark > KU - University of Copenhagen > KU-LIFE - Faculty of Life Sciences
Deposited By: Knudsen, Researcher Marie Trydeman
ID Code:17327
Deposited On:12 Aug 2010 05:53
Last Modified:03 Aug 2012 12:25
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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