About

Agri-footprint® is developed by Blonk Consultants. The aim of the LCA database is to facilitate transparency and a more rapid transformation to sustainable food supply chains. The first version of the database has been released in 2014, followed by yearly updates.


Availability of the LCA food database

The database is currently available in LCA software SimaPro and openLCA and Makersite.

The Agri-footprint LCA database will help you to:


  • Perform food specific agri-food Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) & Carbon Footprints;
  • Access agri-food building blocks not offered by current databases;
  • Manage your own agri-food LCA data like other sectors (e.g. plastics industry, glass industry);
  • Access high quality data.

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A little bit of history

The early years of Agricultural Life Cycle Assessments

In the 1970s and 1980s, most LCAs concentrated on food packaging (e.g. beverage containers, milk packaging, one-way versus returnable). The first agricultural LCAs were performed in the early 1990s.
Pioneering food LCA case studies include the following:
  • Tomatoes, by Gysi and Reist (1990)
  • Ice cream, by Bolliger and Zumbrunn (1991)
  • Margarines, by Unilever (Vis, Krozer, van Duyse & Koudijs, 1992)
The LCA of margarines was based on the first internal LCA study by Unilever in 1990. The system boundaries of this LCA are from the cultivation of oil crops to final product packaging (including crushing and oil refining). Software written specially for Unilever was used to conduct this LCA.

Learn more about the history of agricultural LCAs

Agri-footprint® timeline

Development of the LCA database

2014

Release of Agri-footprint® in LCA software SimaPro
Critical review by RMIT University

2015

Major update: Agri-footprint® 2.0
Critical review by RIVM
(National Institute for Public Health and the Environment)

2017

Agri-footprint® 3.0

Available in SimaPro and openLCA

2018

Agri-footprint® 4.0
(expected beginning of 2018)

Methodology

Methodology reports of Agri-footprint® 2.0 and 3.0

The methodology report of Agri-footprint® contains background information on the methodology, calculation rules and data that are used for the development of the data published in Agri-footprint®.

The background report is split in two documents.

  • Part 1 describes the overall methodology and basic principles like allocation, system boundaries, reviews and limitations;
  • Part 2 describes the data that is used to model the processes.
 

Download methodology reports

Agri-footprint 3.0


Agri-footprint 2.0


Products

Products included in Agri-footprint®

Agri-footprint® contains many inventories of food, feed and beverage related ingredients.


In total the LCA database (Agri-footprint 3.0) contains approximately 5,000 products and processes. Some examples:

  • Fertilizer industry: Calcium ammonium nitrate, Ureum, Di ammonium phosphate, NPK fertilizers
  • Vegetable Oil and Protein meal industry: Soybean oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, palm oil
  • Sugar industry: Beet sugar, Cane sugar
  • Starch industry: Maize starch, flour, potato starch, tapioca
  • Dairy industry: Milk, cream, milk powder
  • Meat industry: Beef, veal, broilers, pork