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Improvement options for horticultural production of fruits and vegetables

Code: 9781838797737
Cornelius Adewale and David Granatstein, Washington State University, USA

Chapter synopsis: Horticultural crops (fruits and vegetables) are generally considered to have a relatively low environmental impact compared to other food types, yet there is huge diversity among crops and their impact. For fruit crops, the largest impacts occur at the farm level, most often related to machinery use, pesticides and fertilizers. For vegetables, post-harvest energy use is often a hot spot, whereas this chapter examines key findings from life cycle assessment (LCA) of horticultural crops, including a comparison between production systems. The chapter looks at the unique challenges of LCA for horticultural crops, and provides a detailed case study of the OFoot Project in Washington State, USA. Finally, the chapter looks ahead to future research trends in this area and provides suggested reading on the topic.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2018.0044.13
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Key findings from LCA of horticultural crops 3 Unique challenges of LCA for horticultural crops 4 Case study: OFoot Project, Washington State, USA 5 Future trends and conclusion 6 Where to look for further information 7 References

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