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Environmental and nutritional Life Cycle Assessment of novel foods in meals as transformative food for the future

Our Summary:

The authors employed a nutritional LCA (nLCA) considering nutrient and environmental factors of novel foods in meals. They established a 'cradle to consumer' system boundary, utilized the AGRIBALYSE 3.1 LCA Database, and applied the ReCiPe 2016 Midpoint and AWARE as methods to calculate environmental impacts. As a result, microalgae, mycoprotein, fish, and beef, had moderate nutritional footprint effect levels. The study suggests the need for further research to comprehensively understand the cultural, ethical, and economic implications of novel food formulations.

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