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Knowledge Check: Earth System Impacts and Life Cycle Analysis
Questions - Knowledge Check
Question 1 - Short Answer on types of impacts from food system activities
One of the skills involved in building life-cycle analyses is the ability to conceptualize all the different impacts on natural systems related to the different functions of production, transport, and consumption of a product. The activities give below in each question form a part of the functioning of food systems. Identify an impact or impacts on the natural system (e.g. soil erosion, air pollution, water pollution) that would most likely result from these activities, based on the material in this module and previous modules. Then check your answers by clicking on "click for answer" as a review.
Transporting food by ship and truck:
Applying manure to soils:
Applying fertilizer to soils:
Tillage of soils:
Pesticide and herbicide application:
Question 2 - Short Answer
As preparation for doing your own life-cycle analysis, make a list of all of the energy needs you can think of that go into both manufacturing and operatinga car. You may want to also refer to the NCAT/ATTRA required reading to review an example life cycle analysis: