According to FAO’s forecasts, the world consumption and production of cereals are projected to increase by almost 2.89 billion tonnes by 2030. The International Grains Council foresees a drawdown of global grains stocks, with further declines expected in the years to 2023/24 [International Grains Council 2019]. Wheat is grown on over 200 million ha in the world, by covering around the 15% of the global arable land [FAO 2015]. Figure 1 shows the geographical distribution of the wheat cultivation area in the world, by considering average FAOSTAT data from 2010 to 2014 [FAOSTAT 2019]. Poland and Italy belong to the group of the biggest wheat producers in Europe. For both economies, wheat production is important in a sense of economic advantage but also as environmental burden. The objective of the study is to compare wheat cultivation practices in Poland and in Italy with reference to its environmental impact. The objective would be achieved through life cycle comparative assessment of wheat production in Poland and in Italy with the use of product environmental footprint approach.

Best Environmental Practices in Agricultural Sector: Comparative LCA Study of Italian and Polish Wheat Cultivation

CAPPELLETTI Giulio Mario;RUSSO Carlo
2019

Abstract

According to FAO’s forecasts, the world consumption and production of cereals are projected to increase by almost 2.89 billion tonnes by 2030. The International Grains Council foresees a drawdown of global grains stocks, with further declines expected in the years to 2023/24 [International Grains Council 2019]. Wheat is grown on over 200 million ha in the world, by covering around the 15% of the global arable land [FAO 2015]. Figure 1 shows the geographical distribution of the wheat cultivation area in the world, by considering average FAOSTAT data from 2010 to 2014 [FAOSTAT 2019]. Poland and Italy belong to the group of the biggest wheat producers in Europe. For both economies, wheat production is important in a sense of economic advantage but also as environmental burden. The objective of the study is to compare wheat cultivation practices in Poland and in Italy with reference to its environmental impact. The objective would be achieved through life cycle comparative assessment of wheat production in Poland and in Italy with the use of product environmental footprint approach.
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