The « Expert » version is now freely accessible in SIMAPRO and OpenLCA
AGRIBALYSE® 3.0 is the property of the French Environmental protection Agency ‘ADEME’. It has been published this week. It’s aim is to allow the computation of environmental impacts for 2500 food items consumed in France.
For each food item, the value chain is split into different stages. They encompass farming, processing, packaging, transport, distribution, retail, preparation at consumer and waste disposal. They include « inedible losses » (bones, peels, etc.), as well as mass changes linked to cooking.
The database enables the computation of the environmental impact indicators (climate change, land use, eutrophication, water consumption …) of each food item. Thus, AGRIBALYSE® 3.0 fills an important gap: the database provides environmental information for each food item « from farm to fork ».
The database has been purposely built to be easily linked to the CIQUAL nutritional database. It is therefore now possible to combine nutritional and environmental indicators of a given product.
A database towards a sustainable food supply
Looking at both CIQUAL and AGRIBALYSE®, we now have the nutritional and environmental properties per unit of mass for 2500 food items.
These two combined databases are a scientific basis for better knowledge of food properties in France, combining nutritional and environmental criteria. They open up a promising field of research and innovation around sustainable food.
- Food industry companies will be able to improve their revenues while taking into account their environmental impacts;
- Food service companies have new insights to make their menus and recipes truly sustainable;
- Public authorities can be use the data to inform debates in the policy arena.
- We all, as consumers, can play an active and informed part towards a more sustainable world through our most basic daily actions: eating.