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Application of the MIPS method for assessing the sustainability of production-consumption systems of food

  • The article estimates the natural resource consumption due to nutrition from the supply and demand sides. Using the MIPS (Material Input per Service Unit) methodology, we analyzed the use of natural resources along the supply chains of three Italian foodstuffs: wheat, rice and orange-based products. These figures were then applied for evaluating the sustainability of diets in 13 European countries. The results outline which phases in food production are more natural resource demanding than others. We also observed different levels of sustainability in the European diets and the effect of different foodstuffs in the materials, water and air consumption.

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Document Type:Peer-Reviewed Article
Author:Lucia Mancini, Michael Lettenmeier, Holger Rohn, Christa LiedtkeORCiDGND
URN (citable link):https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:bsz:wup4-opus-37444
DOI (citable link):https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2010.12.023
Year of Publication:2012
Source Title (English):Journal of economic behavior and organization
First Page:779
Last Page:793
Divisions:Nachhaltiges Produzieren und Konsumieren
Dewey Decimal Classification:600 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften
Licence:License LogoIn Copyright - Urheberrechtlich geschützt