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Water Footprint in Milk Chains in the Central Subhumid and Semiarid Region of Argentina

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  • Manazza, Jorge F.
  • Iglesias, Daniel H.
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    The high agricultural process of the Argentine humid pampas forces the intensification and relocation of cattle and dairy systems into subhumid and semiarid region to keep their competitiveness. In consequence, there is an increasing water demand scenario in these fragile areas in relation with this productive transformation process. Water footprints of UHT milk and cheese agrifood chain in La Pampa and San Luis provinces have been assessed using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology, including virtual water indicators. Milk chain of La Pampa presents high self-sufficiency water ratio and high primary production proportion in virtual water exports. Water footprint of San Luis milk chain is highly externalized with a low self-sufficiency water ratio.

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    Paper provided by International Association of Agricultural Economists in its series 2012 Conference, August 18-24, 2012, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil with number 126174.

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    Handle: RePEc:ags:iaae12:126174

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    Keywords: Life Cycle Assessment; Milk Agrifood Chain; Virtual Water; Agribusiness; Agricultural and Food Policy; Environmental Economics and Policy; Industrial Organization; Land Economics/Use; Livestock Production/Industries; Resource /Energy Economics and Policy;

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