Andrew Berardy

2021 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar

Pre-Conference: Protein Business Strategies


ANDREW BERARDY HEAD SHOTPresentation: Food for Thought: Holistic Assessment of Trade-offs in Evaluating Sustainability

Speaker: Andrew Berardy, Ph.D., [Current] Postdoctoral Research Associate, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University
[Shortly assuming position of]
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Nutrition, Lifestyle, and Disease Prevention, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University


Andrew Berardy, Ph.D., is a sustainability scientist with a focus on sustainable food systems. His research evaluates all stages of the life cycle of food and assesses potential alternatives or improvements that reduce vulnerability and improve environmental performance. As of mid-February, he will assume a new position as postdoctoral scholar with the Center for Nutrition, Lifestyle, and Disease Prevention at Loma Linda University. His previous postdoctoral work also included the design, implementation, and evaluation of an intervention to reduce household food waste in City of Phoenix homes and an assessment of agricultural vulnerability in central and southern Arizona in the food-energy-water nexus in response to anticipated effects of climate change and identifying strategies for adaptation.

2021 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar:
Pre-Conference: Protein Business Strategies

Title: Market Trends and Challenges for Milk and Whey Protein Ingredients


As efforts to create a sustainable food system grow, there is a need to quantify the various environmental impacts and resources used by a food throughout its entire life cycle ̶ from its agricultural source to its consumption or waste disposal. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a common methodology used to quantify such environmental impacts and identify critical factors to improve a food’s efficiency of production. However, a more holistic approach is required as LCA does not fully account for desirable characteristics such as resiliency. Using plant and animal proteins as an example, this presentation demonstrates a broader, more holistic approach to evaluating the sustainability of alternative food sources. The goal is to show a more comprehensive assessment when protein quality and serving size is considered, which can lead to unexpected findings when compared to LCA results alone.



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