Simply put, we must better understand the role of agriculture in nourishing our world. At the same time, we need to know where to focus our attention for a healthy climate and environment.
That is where the Clarity and Leadership for Environmental Awareness and Research Center – or CLEAR Center – comes in.
The CLEAR Center is led by Dr. Frank Mitloehner and based in the Department of Animal Science, in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis. The CLEAR Center uses its two cores, research and communications, to help animal agriculture operate more efficiently in order to meet the demands of a growing population and lessen its impact on the environment and climate. Research topics, among others, include quantifying and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from livestock. Dr. Mitloehner is a UC Cooperative Extension specialist. UC Cooperative Extension is best described as a vast network of UC researchers and educators who work together to develop and provide science-based information to solve locally-relevant economic, agricultural, natural resource, youth development and nutrition issues.
The CLEAR Center, while still building foundational support, is funded through State of California agencies, UC Davis, UCANR and philanthropy. Dr. Mitloehner’s position is funded through the University of California. He splits his time teaching, researching, and engaging with the public and animal agriculture sector as part of Cooperative Extension. Funding for research can be found on Dr. Mitloehner's CV.
The CLEAR Center received a philanthropic gift from Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER), which is the public charity of the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA). IFEEDER is committed to furthering the industry’s commitment to environmental stewardship. IFEEDER’s support does not impact the CLEAR Center’s research.
The CLEAR Center collaborates with those in the food chain who are striving to reduce their environmental footprint. The Center actively conducts field work on ranches and dairies to find real solutions that reverberate throughout the industry and – because it’s clear that if we want to create a food system that encourages human and planet health, policy makers, researchers, the agriculture sector, and NGOs must work together to do so.