Food Consumption Impact Datasets

The environmental impact of consumer products

The production and consumption of food products have an impact on the environment - think of issues such as climate change, water use and land use. Consumer awareness on the sustainability of food consumption patterns is increasing – however, it is still quite difficult to get a good grasp on the environmental impact of the food products purchased in the supermarket. At Blonk, we have collected numerous insights and data on the impact of these consumer food products. Products include consumer foods, ranging from apples, carrots, whole meal bread, mustard, prepared mixed salad and ready to eat soups to sunflower oil, yoghurt and meat burgers.

Our Food Consumption Impact Datasets open up a range of opportunities for companies and organizations aiming for a more sustainable world.

European averages

or Dutch data


The Food Consumption Impact datasets come in two versions: European averages or Dutch averages. European averages mean that average European market mixes are chosen when products are modelled. For example, the average mix of countries of origin of grapes and other ingredients that go into red wine in Europe.

Farm to Fork

or farm to retail


In other words: from "cradle to grave". The products in the datasets are modelled from the farm stage all up and including the consumer phase, where the food is prepared, eaten and (partly) disposed of as waste. Alternatively, the dataset is also available up to retail stage. This can be very useful for retailers, caterers or if there is more accurate information available on the last stages of the life cycle.

The system boundaries of the Farm to Fork model.

The specifics

10 Environmental Impact Categories

Including not only the Carbon Footprint including and excluding Land Use Change impact, but also Fine particulate matter formation, Terrestrial acidification, Freshwater eutrophication, Marine eutrophication, Land use, Mineral resource scarcity, Fossil resource scarcity and Water consumption

Excel or CSV

The datasets are available in Excel or CSV format. This means you can use the datasets regardless if you have access to LCA software.

Around 190 products covered

Dependent on the version (EU/NL and the system boundaries chosen), 161 to 213 products are covered in the database. These include consumer foods, ranging from apples, carrots, wholemeal bread, mustard, prepared mixed salad and ready to eat soups to sunflower oil, yoghurt and meat burgers. See here the full lists of products covered.

Consistent modelling

The calculations are made consistently, with use of international LCA standards and, where possible and meaningful, compliant to the PEF standards defined by the European Commission.

Various use cases supported

We have licenses available for two different use cases: for individual use (including in a report) and for use in a tool or model that you are developing. Contact us to find out which license type corresponds with your project.

Access the Datasets

Licensing options

We have the following licensing options available.

Farm to Fork EU

The Farm to Fork EU dataset includes 173 different products at consumer level, based on the averages of the products sold in a range of European countries. 

Licenses are available for single users for €700 (ex. VAT).

Farm to Fork NL

The Farm to Fork NL dataset includes 214 different products at consumer level, based on the averages of the products sold in the Netherlands. 

Licenses are available for single users for €350 (ex. VAT).

Farm to Retail EU

The Farm to Retail EU dataset includes 161 different products at retail level, based on the averages of the products sold in a range of European countries. 

Licenses are available for single users for €700 (ex. VAT).

Farm to Fork NL

The Farm to Retail NL dataset includes 209 different products at retail level, based on the averages of the products sold in the Netherlands. 

Licenses are available for single users for €350 (ex. VAT).

Using the datasets in a tool or platform

Would you like to use the data in a way that makes it available to other individuals or companies? For example by integrating it into an interactive tool? In this case, other license conditions apply. Please contact us to find out which license type suits your project best!

Q&A document, methodology and product coverage

We have created a Q&A document of the Food Consumption Impact Datasets, that answers most questions on background, methodology and other details regarding the datasets. It also includes the full list of products covered in the four different available versions of the datasets.

The EU dataset has been initially created for Optimeal, our optimization software for healthy and sustainable diets. Therefore, in the Q&A there is also referred to the Optimeal Methodology document.

Questions?

Get in touch

Meike van de Wouw
Marketing & Communication Manager | Blonk

If you have any questions about the Food Consumption Impact datasets, or if you want more information about obtaining a license, please contact Meike.