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Sustainability assessment of apple supply chain
Year:2010
Research Areas
  • Horticulture
Information
Abstract
In recent years, the international trade of fresh fruits and vegetables has increased due to market liberalisation and technical development of agricultural practices, conservation processes and transport facilities. There are a variety of complex environmental, economic and social impacts regarding international trade. The sustainability of this supply chains may be assessed by a number of indicators that reveal the impacts of the diverse stages, that is, from the production site to the final distribution in the Spanish market. The aim of this work is to assess the sustainability of the apple supply chain in Spain making operational the systemic framework and incorporating multivariate statistical tools. The hierarchical structure of the framework was based upon three subsystems: human (social dimension), natural (environmental dimension) and support (economic dimension). Indicators were organized according to Bossel¿s seven basic orientors: existence, effectiveness, freedom of action, security, adaptability, coexistence and psychological needs. Three links of the supply chain were included in the analysis: producer, exporter and importer. The twenty countries more important apple exporters of the world, and other 16 that have exported apples to Spain in the last 10 years, have been selected as the observations set. The selected indicators explained with good agreement the differences in sustainability between different countries and the synthetic indices ranked them all.
International
Si
Congress
LCA Food 2010. VII International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-food Sector.
960
Place
Bari (italia)
Reviewers
Si
ISBN/ISSN
978-88-88793-29-0
Start Date
22/09/2010
End Date
24/09/2010
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Abstracts of LCA Food 2010. VII International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-food Sector.
Participants
  • Autor: Jose Soler Rovira (UPM)
  • Autor: Juan Manuel Arroyo Sanz (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Sistemas de producción y protección vegetal sostenibles
  • Centro o Instituto I+D+i: Centro de Estudios e Investigación para la Gestión de Riesgos Agrarios Medioambientales (CEIGRAM)
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