By analyzing existing literature, we determine the most relevant environmental impacts. Since the database in Germany is incomplete, we primarily use databases from other countries. We hold workshops in all participating countries (Germany, Paraguay, South Africa, Thailand) because different conditions create different priorities in each country.
Possible categories include greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity, water consumption, and land use. We are reviewing whether these are the most relevant categories and how we should best present the calculations to companies and consumers. To make sure many will use it.
Life cycle analyses are utilised in all four countries to estimate the environmental impacts of food (so called life cycle assessments). Our calculations are based on the life cycle assessment DIN standards 14040 and 14044. These values are then scaled up to general average values applying environmental impact assessment methods.
When our calculations are complete, all relevant categories have been agreed upon, and our exchange with consumers has led to clear ways of presenting the data, then we will publish the first prototype of our tool. With this tool, the results will be available to companies and consumers on a day-to-day basis.
For the environment
The goal is to promote sustainable consumption habits to increase demand for resource-saving products. This supports production in line with planetary boundaries and also reduces the environmental impact of food consumption.
The tool allows companies to measure the environmental impacts of their produce enabling them to optimize their supply chains and offer a more sustainable product range.
The tool provides consumers with transparent information about the environmental impacts of food. Easy to understand, available at any time and scientifically evident.
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