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LCA and a Soil Quality Indicator for the Flemish agricultural sector

INTEGRATION OF SOIL QUALITY IN LIFE CYCLE ANALYSIS

Life-cycle analysis (LCA) is a widely used method for assessing the environmental impact of agricultural products. Both the consumption of raw materials and the release of emissions can be used as benchmarks. However, the sustainability of agricultural products can only be achieved in a fair manner if the soil quality is also included in the evaluation. At present, however, there is no standardised method for assessing soil quality within LCA.

FROM IMPACT OF HUMAN INTERVENTIONS ON SOIL PROCESSES TO REMEDIAL MEASURES...

The focus is on soil organic carbon, as this is a key factor in soil quality and also influences biomass productivity. The impact of human interventions on organic carbon content and crop yield will be evaluated by modeling. In order to be able to link this to an environmental impact, the end result will be compared with a 'desired' situation. The change in the organic carbon content, the yield and the raw material consumption of the remedial measures to achieve the 'desired' situation, provide an estimate of the environmental impact.

More information: lieselot.boone@ilvo.vlaanderen.be

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