Rethinking Methane: Animal Agriculture’s Path to Climate Neutrality

Presented by: Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D.

Animal agriculture is often shouldered with a large part of the blame when it comes to climate change, but that’s because we haven’t been looking at all greenhouse gases correctly. While methane is a potent climate pollutant that we can and need to reduce, it warms our atmosphere differently than other gases because of its short lifespan. By rethinking methane, we can see that animal agriculture can be on the path to climate neutrality with scalable solutions and give the global community tools to fight global climate change.

As a result of this presentation, the attendee will:

1. Identify different greenhouse gases and their impact on the environment.

2. Discuss agriculture’s impact on climate change.

3. Identify scalable solutions utilized in animal agriculture to fight global climate change.

Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D.

Dr. Frank Mitloehner is a professor and air quality specialist in cooperative extension in the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis. As such, he shares his knowledge and research, both domestically and abroad, with students, scientists, farmers and ranchers, policy makers, and the public at large. Frank is also director of the CLEAR Center, which has two cores – research and communications. The CLEAR Center brings clarity to the intersection of animal agriculture and the environment, helping our global community understand the environmental and human health impacts of livestock, so we can make informed decisions about the foods we eat and while reducing environmental impacts.

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