Environmental impacts of urban hydroponics in Europe: a case study in Lyon

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The food provisioning of European cities depends on the global food supply system. However, both economic crises, environmental pressure
and climate change effects represent a risk for food chain stability. Urban agriculture (UA) increases the self-sufficiency and resiliency of cities
and is able to deliver positive environmental and social benefits. However, its efficacy depends on several variables, including the type of UA
and the geographical location of the city. This paper analyses ReFarmers’ pilot farm, a vertical high-yield hydroponic croft located in the urban
area of Lyon, France, from a life cycle perspective. The results show that the hydroponic farm performs better than cultivations in heated
greenhouses, and similarly to conventional open field farms. Moreover, the source of the electricity input is a determinant factor that, if carbon
neutral (e.g. wind energy) allows vertical hydroponic production to outperform the two conventional types of agriculture.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftProcedia CIRP
Sider (fra-til)540-545
Antal sider6
ISSN2212-8271
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 30 apr. 2018
Begivenhed25th Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) conference under the auspices of CIRP – the International Academy for Production Engineering - Copenhagen, Danmark
Varighed: 30 apr. 20181 maj 2018
Konferencens nummer: 25
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Konference25th Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) conference under the auspices of CIRP – the International Academy for Production Engineering
Nummer25
LandDanmark
ByCopenhagen
Periode30/04/201801/05/2018
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  • LCA, hydroponics, Urban Agriculture, CBIO

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