VOLPEDO Alejandra Vanina
Life Cycle Assessment of Water in Sport Equine Production in Argentina: A Case Study
VACCARO, MARIANA M.; GARCIA LIÑEIRO, A; FERNANDEZ-CIRELLI A.; A.V. VOLPEDO.
Año: 2021 vol. 11 p. 1 - 8
The application of life cycle assessment method (LCA) to animal production is a methodologicaloption to assess the potential impact of products, services, or production processes in acomprehensive way as it considers both the quantity and quality of water in the life cycle approach.In this paper, the water footprint of jumping sport horses? production has been determined usingthe LCA methodology for the first time ever. The results of this paper show that the production ofmedium- and high-performance sport horses uses a large amount of water. However, modificationsto the diet (type and percentage of oils in the supplement, place of origin of feed, etc.) and in themanagement and destination of waste (animal box beds) can result in a reduction of the waterrequirement and the environmental impact of production. This type of studies should be developedin different farms in the future in order to give producers management alternatives that improve thesustainability of productions.