Andrew Berardy, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow,
Loma Linda University
Andrew Berardy, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral researcher for environmental nutrition and sustainable food systems at Loma Linda University. His research evaluates all stages of the life cycle of food and assesses potential alternatives or improvements that reduce vulnerability and improve environmental performance.
Berardy’s previous postdoctoral work was assessing 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.
Berardy has a BS, International Studies (Anthropology and Sociology minor) from Rochester Institute of Technology; a MSc, International Studies from St. John Fisher College; and a PhD in Sustainability from the Arizona State University
For a list of publications, see my Berardy’s Google Scholar profile at https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=EEvzjMsAAAAJ&hl=en
Global Food Forums Presentations by Speaker
2021 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar — Pre-Conference: Protein Business Strategies [To Be Reconfirmed]
“Food for Thought: Holistic Assessment of Trade-offs in Evaluating Sustainability”
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.