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A multilevel carbon and water footprint dataset of food commodities

Tashina Petersson, , , Marta Antonelli, Katarzyna Dembska, Riccardo Valentini, Alessandra Varotto,
Scientific Data , Volume 8, pp 1-12; doi:10.1038/s41597-021-00909-8

Abstract: Informing and engaging citizens to adopt sustainable diets is a key strategy for reducing global environmental impacts of the agricultural and food sectors. In this respect, the first requisite to support citizens and actors of the food sector is to provide them a publicly available, reliable and ready to use synthesis of environmental pressures associated to food commodities. Here we introduce the SU-EATABLE LIFE database, a multilevel database of carbon (CF) and water (WF) footprint values of food commodities, based on a standardized methodology to extract information and assign optimal footprint values and uncertainties to food items, starting from peer-reviewed articles and grey literature. The database and its innovative methodological framework for uncertainty treatment and data quality assurance provides a solid basis for evaluating the impact of dietary shifts on global environmental policies, including climate mitigation through greenhouse gas emission reductions. The database ensures repeatability and further expansion, providing a reliable science-based tool for managers and researcher in the food sector.
Keywords: greenhouse gas emission / global environmental / uncertainty / citizens / optimal / treatment / commodities / food / multilevel / footprint values

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