SEI Publication

Author(s): West, C. and Croft, S.

Year: 2016

In: WWF. Living Planet Report 2016: Risk and Resilience in a New Era. WWF International, Gland, Switzerland. pp.84-85

ISBN: 978-2-940529-

Type: Book chapter



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Linking consumption to production: the case of soy

This section in WWF's Living Planet Report 2016 illustrates how new tools and methods to link consumption to impacts on specific production landscapes are revolutionizing environmental footprinting, using a case study of Brazilian soy.

Footprint indicators – such as the Ecological Footprint – provide a picture of overall resource use. To look deeper in the nature of production-related impacts o the environment it is necessary to obtain additional information on the location of production, production processes used, their reliance on external inputs (such as water and fertilizers) and so on. Even moderate advances in disaggregating links between consumption and production can offfer significant insights into supply chain dependencies and drivers of impact.

This section of the Living Planet Report presents data from integration of the IOTA and SEI-PCS models regarding the sourcing of soy from different states of Brazil to meet demand in the European Union. It discusses recent advances in the area by SEI and others.

Living Planet Report 2016: Risk and resilience in a new era is the eleventh edition of WWF's biennial flagship publication. The Living Planet Report surveys the health of the planet and the impacts of human activities. The report tracks over 14,000 vertebrate populations of over 3,700 species from 1970 to 2012.

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