City-level Action to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Food Systems

  • May 2018
  • Journal Brief
  • Dana Boyer and Anu Ramaswami

How do city-level actions related to food production, consumption, and food waste management affect the greenhouse gas (GHG), water and land impacts of the larger food system? Footprints of urban food systems take into account the GHG, land, and water impacts of food consumed by urban residents, encompassing the full supply chain from production, transportation, storage, and retail. Once calculated, urban food system footprints can be used to analyze scenarios that consider policy actions around equity, diet change, urban agriculture, food preparation, and waste management.

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This brief is adapted from the following peer-reviewed journal article: Boyer, D. & A Ramaswami. (2017). “What Is the Contribution of City-Scale Actions to the Overall Food System’s Environmental Impacts?: Assessing Water, Greenhouse Gas, and Land Impacts of Future Urban Food Scenarios.” Environmental Science & Technology, 51, pp. 12035-12045. Access the full article here.

A vertical farming installation, white poles with leafy green lettuce growing from them.
A vertical farming installation. Credit Bright Agrotech

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