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Comprehensive environmental assessment of livestock products – The case of Danish pork

During her PhD studies, Teodora Dorca-Preda worked with life cycle assessment (LCA), a complete method for carrying out environmental assessments.

Photo: Teodora Dorca

The Ph.D. project aimed at consolidating environmental sustainability assessments of livestock systems by incorporating a wide range of environmental impacts, including climate change, eutrophication, toxicity-related impacts, and land use related impacts on soil quality. An LCA framework for assessing toxicity-related impacts was defined for livestock systems based on the case of Danish pork, including both pesticides and antibiotics. 

The Ph.D. research provided a comprehensive assessment of the environmental profile of Danish pork. Furthermore, the assessment of a broad range of impact categories made it possible to identify environmental trade-offs regarding the implementation of different management practices.


The PhD study was completed at Department of Agroecology, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Thursday, 9 June 2022 at 10:00
Place: 8814-3075, Auditorium, Aarhus University, Blichers Allé, 8830 Tjele
Title of PhD thesis: Consolidating environmental sustainability assessments of livestock systems. An analysis based on the case of Danish pork

Contact information:Teodora Dorca-Preda, e-mail: teodora.preda@agro.au.dk, tel.: +45 50117547

Members of the assessment committee:

Professor Imke de Boer, Department of Animal Sciences, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Professor Michael Hauschild, DTU Environment, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Associate professor Per L. Gregersen (chair), Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, Denmark

Main supervisor:
Associate professor Lisbeth Mogensen, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, Denmark

Co-supervisor:
Senior researcher Marie Trydeman Knudsen, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, Denmark

Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The PhD thesis is available for reading at the Graduate School of Technical Sciences/GSTS, Katrinebjergvej 89F, building 5132, 8200 Aarhus N.