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LCA Food 2014 Agenda
Time Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 Track 4 Track 5
Day 1 October 8
1:00 Opening Plenary
Keynote Speaker: Dr. June Jo Lee – VP Stategic Insights – The Hartman Group
Markus Frank – BASF
2:30-3:00 Coffee Break: Exhibits/Posters
3:00-5:00 Crop Issues Database/Data Global Perspectives Modelling Tools
6:00 Welcome Reception at the Hotel Nikko
Sponsored by the Almond Board of California
Day 2 October 9
8:30-10:00 Roundtable Discussion: LCA and Food Policy
Moderator: Michael Dimock – Roots of Change
Pierre Gerber-FAO; Peter Arbuckle-USDA; Amrith Gunasekara-California Food and Agriculture;
Kirk Robinson-Washington State Dept. Agriculture; Zachary Lyons-Chef's Collaborative
10:00-10:30 Coffee Break: Exhibits/Posters
10:30-12:00 Diet 1 iLUC/LUC Food Waste Management & Policy 1 GHGs
12:00-1:15 Lunch
1:15-3:00 Roundtable Discussion: The Intersection of Nutrition and the Environment
Moderator: Rita Schenck – IERE
3:00-3:30 Coffee Break: Exhibits/Posters
3:30-5:00 Diet 2 Dairy Nutrient Modelling/Management Management & Policy 2 Urban & Social
6:00 Food Expo at the City Club
Celebrity Chefs will prepare a meal with a screening LCA of two menu options
Day 3 October 10
8:30-10:00 Roundtable Discussion: Global Impacts of Livestock
Moderator: Pierre Gerber – UN FAO
10:00-10:30 Coffee Break: Exhibits/Posters
10:30-12:00 Case Studies 1 Biodiversity EPDs Case Studies 3 Livestock
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30 Case Studies 2 Food Technology Uncertainty Mixed Impact Assessment
2:30-3:00 Coffee Break: Exhibits/Posters
3:00-4:30 Closing Plenary


Biodiversity is typically destroyed by agriculture, as crops replace natural ecosystems. This session will look at how biodiversity can be measured in agricultural systems, and some strategies for reducing this impact.

Database/ Data

Various databases exist from global to even a more local level. These databases can be free, fee to use and provide various types of data that can be used for Life Cycle Assessments. This session will look into current food related databases and discuss their importance to the field.

Nutrient Modeling/ Management

This session will look at the biogeochemistry and impacts of nutrients, which are added to various things such as soil and discuss the impacts these have on the environment as well as the agriculture produced from the soil. How are these impacts then managed?


Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) provide a cradle to grave analysis of a product. This session will look at food related EPDs and discuss their importance in providing a more comprehensive analysis of food products.


This session will contain presentations about the measurement of uncertainty and how can include this into a Life Cycle Assessment.

Roundtable: LCA and Food Policy

This roundtable will debate food policy from international, national to local levels. Discussion points will revolve around the use and potential use of Life Cycle Assessment in Food Policy.

Diet 1 & 2

Dietary decisions and the resulting consumption patterns help to drive production. These two sessions will discuss the Life Cycle Assessment framework on diet as well as the challenges and limitations that currently exist with these diet LCAs.

Management & Policy 1 & 2

Learn how various industries manage themselves using Life Cycle Assessment in their decision making process. This session will look at both public policy and the policy used inside organizations.

Food Waste

Food waste has long been a key issue for food security. This session will look at areas ranging from food waste treatment, to packaging methods for reducing food waste and LCA analysis of food waste disposal options.


This session will contain presentations relating to the latest Software developments and other LCA tools aimed at aiding those wishing to gather data for food related Life Cycle Assessments.

Urban & Social Solutions

This session will explore the potential environment and health impacts of local and urban foods systems. Solutions using Life Cycle Assessment will be explored.

Roundtable Discussion: The Intersection of Nutrition & the Environment

This roundtable will debate “What is the functional unit, food or diet?” The panel will discuss nutritional aspects of diet and how they relate to the environment. Other discussion points include the influence of nutriceuticals, which are the pharmacological effects from consumed food, as well as allergenic foods.

Food Technology

New technology has the opportunity to bring higher efficiency, lower environmental impact etc… This session will look into new food technology from a Life Cycle Assessment framework.

Crop Issues

Life Cycle Assessment of crops can help farmers improve the sustainability performance of agricultural products, save money and reduce environmental impacts. This session will look into crop issues and discuss current practices and processes.


Dairy is a large source of food for many different cultures around the world. Life Cycle Assessment studies for dairy products provide us with an insight into the environmental impacts. These sessions will look at the dairy industry around the world to hear best practice and learn how the dairy industry in the US is moving the way forward for the industry.

Roundtable Discussion: Global Impacts of Livestock

It is a well known fact that livestock has a large environmental impact. But how can this be reduced? This roundtable will discuss current research on livestock, the results and the next steps.


This session will lead on from the Livestock roundtable to discuss individual country examples of livestock Life Cycle Assessment studies.