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LCA of Foods 2014 will serve as a global forum in which to share recent developments in LCA methodology, databases and tools, as well as applications of LCA to food-production systems and food-consumption patterns.

FIRST CALL – 9th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-food Sector

The American Center for Life Cycle Assessment, ACLCA, is pleased to host the Ninth International Life Cycle Assessment of Foods Conference in San Francisco, California in 8-10 October 2014. This dynamic event – globally known as the LCA Food 2014 – unites the scientific community with food industry professionals, researches, academics and policy makers. This will be the first time the conference is being held outside of Europe and it is an opportunity to showcase and enhance the sustainability of US Food systems.
This conference will be held back-to-back with the LCA XIV Conference


The Vision of the LCA of Foods Conference is to combine the scientific academic approach of the conference with an LCA-based sustainable food fair that brings together food and food packaging producers, researchers and retailers. Exhibitors are encouraged to have LCAs in hand to make their point that sustainability is measurable and therefore doable, thus providing consumers choices, which CAN drive the sustainability of our food systems.

Anticipated Objectives of the Conference

  • Show the recent developments in the methodology, approaches, databases and tools relevant to LCA.
  • Present applications of the LCA methodology to food product systems and to food consumption patterns.
  • Increase the use of LCA and other ecological tools in food and agricultural products.
  • Support information sharing and exchange of experience regarding environmental decision-making in the food and agriculture supply chain and agriculture policy community.
  • Provide background for the sustainability of the food and agriculture sectors.

Anticipated Outcomes of the Conference

  • A special issue of the International Journal of LCA will made of select papers from the conference;
  • Movement towards measuring sustainability in food systems using LCA;
  • Strong economic benefit for food providers using ecolabels based on LCA (environmental product declarations);
  • Better understanding of factors controlling the impacts of agricultural practices;
  • Identification of the research needs to link the life cycle impact indicators to environmental condition changes;
  • Integration of nutrition and life cycle assessment;
  • Increased awareness and understanding of the relationship between climate change and hunger.

Topics to be Covered

  • Specific aspects of the food and agriculture Industry – treatment in LCA (LCA of artificial and natural food ingredients, food production, processing and waste treatment;
  • Food and agriculture system analysis and LCIA modeling (specific impact categories of the primary agriculture sector such as land use, water use, biodiversity etc.);
  • Application and convergence of non-LCA modeling and databases and Life Cycle inventory and impact modeling, e.g. pesticides dispersion models and groundwater sampling results;
  • The effects of food packaging systems and food waste on product life cycles, especially in the restaurant sector;
  • Alternative food production technologies LCAs (such as GMOs, organic, and permaculture approaches);
  • Interaction of climate change on food security and the life cycle impact of famine relief and climate adaptation strategies in global and local food systems;
  • Food policy – related LCAs (LCA applied to diets or lifestyles e.g. American diet, low-income diets); connecting LCA and government sponsored healthy – eating recommendations e.g. balanced – diet mixes; vegetarian and vegan diets; IO – LCAs in the food industry;
  • LCA and sustainable food systems (Eco-Labeling and communication (incl. footprinting); Economic and Societal assessment in LCA; LCA and food policy/corporate strategy; case studies).

Scientific Committee

Brad Ridoutt CSIRO Australia
Leda Coltro Inst. Of Techn. Brazil
Bo Weidema 2. -0 LCA Consultants Denmark
Claudine Basset Mens CIRAD France
Hayo van Der Werf INRA France
Ulrike Eberle Corsus Germany
Nicholas Holden University College Dublin Ireland
Bruno Notarnicola U. of Bari Aldo Italy
Kiyotada Hayashi Nat’l Ag. And Food Japan
Imke De Boer Waeningen U. Netherlands
Jeroen Guinee CML Netherlands
Stewart Ledgard AgResearch New Zealand
Marlies Thomassen AgResearch New Zealand
Assumpcio Anton IRTA Spain
Christel Cederberg SIK Sweden
Ulf Sonesson Swedish Inst. Sweden
Niels Junglbuth ESU Switzerland
Thomas Nemecek Agroscope, ART Switzerland
Rattanawan Mungkung Kasetsart Uni. Thailand
Llorenc Mila i Canals UNEP UK
Greg Thoma University of Arkansas USA
Rita Schenck IERE USA

Abstract/Paper Dates

1 January – 1st Call for Abstracts
14 February – Abstract deadline for submission
10 March – Notification of abstract acceptance
30 April (extended from 21 April) – Submission deadline for full papers (4-10 pages)
1 May – already completed – Presentation format decision (Oral/poster)
2 June (delayed from 15 May) – Publication of the Conference Program
30 June (delayed from 30 May) – Notification of the Paper Review
30 July (delayed from 1 July) – Submission deadline for the revised full papers
8-10 October – LCA Food 2014 Conference is held in San Francisco

Abstract Submission

Abstracts may be submitted at https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=lcafood2014

We are using abstracts for review, so your abstract needs to include quite a bit more information than the abstract for your full paper that will be submitted later.  The abstract should start with a paragraph with a couple of sentences about the issue you are addressing including citations to previous studies, if appropriate.  The next paragraph should briefly describe your approach to the issue.  The final part of the abstract should provide some results and describe the key outcomes of your work.  Tell us why your results are important.

Log in to the EasyChair system as an author, click on the ‘New Submission’ tab.  If the ‘New Submission’ tab is not displayed, you need to change your role to that of author.  You first add authors for your work. The first author should also be the presenter at the conference. Do not bother with entering a web site.

Enter the ‘Title’.  Be sure that the title reflects the content of the abstract.

Enter your abstract in the ‘Abstract’ box – do not include the title or list the authors.  That would defeat the blind review process.  You should include the references that you need. The body of the abstract should be limited to 450 words, not counting the references. Enter at least three keywords. If your abstract is readable/review-able without special formatting, click the ‘Abstract Only’ box. The abstracts are only being used for review purposes and will not be posted on the web, so the formatting does not need to be perfect. If special formatting is needed for your abstract, upload the word version of the abstract (without title or authors) and do not check the ‘Abstract Only’ box.

Authors of accepted abstracts for both oral presentations and poster presentations will provide a 4 to 10 page paper for the conference proceedings following the paper template. Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the International Journal of LCA.

Oral presentations are 15 minutes long followed by five minutes of questions and answers.  Posters should follow the  Poster Guidelines LCA of Foods 2014-rev0908 – 3 feet by 4 feet tall – portrait orientation.


Conference Contact: Kelly Griffiths Kelly@LcaCenter.org