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New way to predict environmental impact of ag

LCAs offer systematic way of determining potential environmental impacts of product, from source materials to disposal.

Consumer goods companies often rely on life-cycle assessments (LCA) to figure out the potential consequences of how they design products and source ingredients. This kind of assessment, while sophisticated, often lacks detail about how the products affect natural resources such as land, water and biodiversity, according to an announcement from Stanford University.

A team of researchers from Stanford and the University of Minnesota, in a partnership called the Natural Capital Project,

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