Environmental Sustainability in Beef Production and Life Cycle Assessment as a Tool for Analysis

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Pedro Henrique Presumido
Fernando Sousa
Artur Gonçalves
Tatiane Cristina Dal Bosco
Manuel Feliciano

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The sustainability of meat production systems has been highlighted by the impact on the environment and the conservation of natural resources. The aim of this manuscript is to provide a specific review of the environmental sustainability of beef production in a life cycle assessment (LCA) context. Questions about the main environmental impacts caused by beef production were discussed. The phases of the LCA were detailed as well as the main functional units, boundaries of the systems and categories of impacts used in recent studies. LCA is a fast, easy and intuitive method that correlates human activities and their environmental performance in different sectors, such as beef production.

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