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Category-Level Product Environmental Footprints of Foods: Recommendations for Further Evaluation

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February 5, 2016

Task 2. First draft of recommendations: Contractor will prepare a separate document containing its recommendations for which food types (commodities) to study in further detail. For the purpose of this contract, “commodity” is defined not only as a farm-level output but rather as a distinct type of food product. For example, “fluid milk” (for use in making food products or final consumption in fluid form) is a commodity, while “yogurt”, “ice cream” and “cheese” are separate commodities. Contractor may propose more food types than budget allows, and contractor may rank or group commodities (for example “high priority”, “medium priority”, and “not recommended”). At a minimum, ten commodities will be recommended as “high priority” with at least four additional commodities identified as contingencies. Recommendations will be based on the quality of environmental information available (based on the results of Task 1), giving preference to high volume products produced or purchased in the states of Oregon and Washington, while also taking into account the organizational structure of the agricultural and food industry as well as interest by institutional buyers.

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Food Systems and Consumer Products
Food & Agriculture
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Heller, Martin, Tara Narayanan, Robert Meyer and Gregory Keoleian. (2016) “Category-Level Product Environmental Footprints of Foods: Recommendations for Further Evaluation.” CSS Report (INTERNAL), University of Michigan: Ann Arbor 1-11.