Lifecycle Assessment

As you know, the U.S. beef community has important impacts on the economy and ecosystem and contributes to essential societal needs for food and fiber. And as public concern about climate change and environmental sustainability grows, societal pressures to reduce the industry’s environmental impact are rising. With that in mind, a recent literature review by the checkoff assesses the current Life Cycle Assessment methods used in analyses of the beef industry and compares the complexity and variation between different LCA studies. This review also addresses areas of current LCA methodologies that are lacking in information to account for the variety of factors that affect beef-production system inputs and outputs. For details, read “Current Approaches of Beef Cattle Systems Life Cycle Assessment: A Review”.

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