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Martin Heller, PhD

Dr. Heller is a senior research specialist with the Center for Sustainable Systems(CSS) at University of Michigan. His most recent research interests involve evaluating the environmental impact of dietary choices and food waste, and integrating nutritional information with environmental assessments of food and diet. He has conducted life cycle assessment studies of short rotation woody biomass energy crops, a large-scale vertically integrated US organic dairy, and as part of an international team, a comprehensive, spatially-explicit study of US dairy production. He also developed a seminal report on Life Cycle-Based Sustainability Indicators for Assessment of the U. S. Food System. He received a BS in chemical engineering from Michigan State and a PhD, also in chemical engineering, from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Marty has spent much of the past 15 years growing organic vegetables, starting and managing market farms/CSAs. Through a local non-profit, he helped develop and implement a Farmer Residency program to assist landless farmers in launching farm businesses. He grew up on a traditional livestock farm in southeast Michigan.

Martin Heller, PhD
Senior Research Specialist
Center for Sustainable Systems
University of Michigan

Managing Director
AgResilience Consulting

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"Packaging and Food Waste"

Michigan Online  |  March 27, 2019

"Pursuing the Paris Climate Accord Goals"

Michigan Online  |  March 27, 2019


Publications & Other Writings

Nature Food  |  Volume 2, P 255-263, April 15, 2021

Nutrition Journal  |  Volume 20, Issue 15, March 1, 2021

The Lancet Planetary Health  |  Volume 4, Issue 3, P E98-E106, March 01, 2020​

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition  |  Volume 109, Issue 3, P 526-534, March 2019

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior  |  Volume 51, Issue 1, P 3-15, January 2019

Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment of Food  |  Bangkok, Thailand, October 1, 2018

Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems  |  Volume 33, Special Issue 3: Themed Content: Ag/Food Systems and Climate Change, P 297-308, February 13, 2018

Environmental Science & Technology  |  Volume 52, Issue 10, P 5545-5554, May 15, 2018

Environmental Research Letters  |  Volume 13, Issue 4, March 20, 2018

November 30, 2017

Proceedings of the 10th International Conference LCA of Food  |  Dublin, Ireland, October 19, 2016

Journal of Industrial Ecology  |  Volume 19, Issue 3, P 391-401, June 2015

Environmental Science & Technology  |  Volume 45, Issue 24, December 15, 2011

Agricultural Systems  |  Volume 76, Issue 3, P 1007-1041, June 2003

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