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Facts and fiction around livestock’s impact on air quality and climate

 

The main greenhouse gas from agriculture, methane, has over the years been incorrectly characterized as if it would behave in the same way in our atmosphere as other climate pollutants do. It turns out, this has been a major mistake, much to the detriment of animal agriculture. This presentation will describe how to actually quantify warming impacts of greenhouse gases and why this information is critical to move animal agriculture on a path to climate neutrality.

 

Frank Mitloehner, Ph. D.
Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist, Davis University

Frank Mitloehner is a Professor and Air Quality Specialist in Cooperative Extension in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis.

He received his MS degree in Animal Science and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Leipzig, Germany, and his PhD degree in Animal Science from Texas Technical University.

Dr. Mitloehner is an expert for agricultural air quality, livestock housing and husbandry. Overall, he conducts research that is directly relevant to understanding and mitigating of air emissions from livestock operations, as well as the implications of these emissions for the health and safety of farm workers and neighboring communities.

Since he joined the UC Davis faculty in 2002, he published 125 peer reviewed publications and obtained $15 million in extramural funds. Dr. Mitloehner has presented over 800 invited talks in front of national and international audiences.

Dr. Mitloehner has served as chairman of a global United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) partnership project to benchmark the environmental footprint of livestock production. He served as workgroup member on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and as member on the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee on “A Framework for Assessing the Health, Environmental, and Social Effects of the Food System”.

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