Save the Date: Livestock sustainability researcher to give Gardiner Lecture Oct. 11
News release from K-State Research and Extension:
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Frank Mitloehner, a professor at the University of California-Davis who has spent nearly two decades studying the relationship between the livestock industry and air quality, will be the featured speaker for the Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems lecture Oct. 11 at Kansas State University.
Mitloehner’s talk, ‘Rethinking Methane: Animal Agriculture’s Path to Climate Neutrality,’ is scheduled for 7 p.m. in McCain Auditorium. Admission is free.
“One of the most important aspects right now in and around livestock is its impact on climate,” said Mitloehner, who is also director of the CLEAR Center, which conducts sustainability research on animal agriculture.
“There is this notion out there that the impact of animal agriculture on the climate is tremendous. We have actual data that shows what the impact really is, and we can share with the audience what beef, dairy, pigs and poultry emit, and what we can do to further mitigate those emissions.”
He adds that one of the issues he hears from farmers and ranchers across the United States centers on employees. “They want to know how to attract and retain a qualified work force, one that is well-trained, well-motivated and stays in the business,” Mitloehner said.
“There’s a huge shortage of qualified and motivated people. If you don’t have good people that understand how to manage manure, feed, animals and so on, then everything falls apart. It’s critical.”
Mitloehner said the CLEAR Center’s research is communicated broadly. His team routinely writes a blog that covers livestock sustainability issues, and reaches up to 300,000 readers. A YouTube channel maintained by the Center regularly gets “hundreds of thousands” of views, he said, though a recent piece titled ‘Eating Less Meat Won’t Save the Planet’ was watched 2.5 million times.
“There are people interested in the intersection of livestock and the environment, and they want to hear from people who are not just tooting some propaganda, but who actually research these things,” he said.
Kansas State University established the Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems lecture in 2015 to provide science-based education about world food issues. The series allows students, faculty, staff and Kansas citizens to interact with U.S. and international food industry leaders on topics of current interest.
The lecture series is funded by the Gardiner family of Ashland, Kansas. Henry C. Gardiner, who passed away just before the first lecture in 2015, was known as a visionary leader who dedicated his career to improving the beef industry through science and technology.
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Livestock sustainability researcher to give Gardiner Lecture Oct. 11