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Resource consumption and environmental impacts of the agrofood sector: life cycle assessment of italian citrus-based products.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19184189     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Food production and consumption cause significant environmental burdens during the product life cycles. As a result of intensive development and the changing social attitudes and behaviors in the last century, the agrofood sector is the highest resource consumer after housing in the EU. This paper is part of an effort to estimate environmental impacts associated with life cycles of the agrofood chain, such as primary energy consumption, water exploitation, and global warming. Life cycle assessment is used to investigate the production of the following citrus-based products in Italy: essential oil, natural juice, and concentrated juice from oranges and lemons. The related process flowcharts, the relevant mass and energy flows, and the key environmental issues are identified for each product. This paper represents one of the first studies on the environmental impacts from cradle to gate for citrus products in order to suggest feasible strategies and actions to improve their environmental performance.
Authors:
Marco Beccali; Maurizio Cellura; Maria Iudicello; Marina Mistretta
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-01-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental management     Volume:  43     ISSN:  1432-1009     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ Manage     Publication Date:  2009 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-03-16     Completed Date:  2009-05-19     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7703893     Medline TA:  Environ Manage     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  707-24     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Dipartimento di Ricerche Energetiche e Ambientali (DREAM), Università di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, 90128, Palermo, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Agriculture
Citrus*
Conservation of Natural Resources*
Environment*
Food Industry
Italy

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