Latest Blog Posts Latest Blog Posts for CLEAR Center en We’ve Only Just Begun: UC Davis and CDFA Feed Summit Convene Diverse Group of Experts to Discuss Enteric Methane <p>By Frank Mitloehner</p> <p>Q: What do you get when you bring together representatives from the federal government, California’s regulatory agencies, scientists from top research universities, the United Nations, the Environmental Defense Fund, industry representatives, and countless more organizations and individuals concerned with making animal agriculture more sustainable worldwide?</p> <p>A: The first-of-its kind meeting to discuss workable climate solutions for ruminant livestock. </p> Fri, 19 May 2023 11:36:42 PDT Anonymous Putting GWP* to the Test <p>I’ve always thought of our path to climate neutrality as a journey. And like any sort of travel, there are starts and stops, detours, discoveries – and yes – even a wrong turn or two along the way. So, when I was invited to be part of a team of international scientists evaluating the effectiveness of GWP* in assessing the use of a new metric for methane under various case study conditions, I jumped at the chance to move along in this critically important journey.</p> Mon, 24 Apr 2023 12:55:52 PDT Anonymous Full disclosure: I work to reduce the footprint of animal agriculture <p>By Frank Mitloehner</p> <p>There’s a shocking revelation out there, and I am at the heart of it. Are you prepared for this?</p> <p>Animal scientists work with animal agriculture. That’s it. That’s the exposé, the conspiracy that so many activists and journalist want to share with you. </p> <p>Oh, if you want more, try this on for size: Agriculturists work together to be more sustainable. </p> Mon, 31 Oct 2022 04:57:30 PDT Anonymous Can you trust private funding? <p>By <a href="/people/frank-mitloehner">Frank Mitloehner</a></p> <p>As the clock continues to wind down on irreversible climate change, it’s more important than ever to have all stakeholders involved and working toward a common goal. But when academic researchers partner with industry, eyebrows often are raised. That’s unfortunate and downright counterproductive.  </p> Tue, 12 Apr 2022 10:47:27 PDT Anonymous No BS – Dairy Digesters Work <p><a href="">By Frank Mitloehner</a></p> <p>Large trucks and luxury cars are being powered by dairy cows – or to be more precise, the biogas from their manure. </p> Thu, 31 Mar 2022 16:21:58 PDT Anonymous When did beef become a four-letter word? <p><a href="">By Frank Mitloehner</a></p> <p>Julia Child once said the best people are the ones who love to eat. </p> <p>I think I know what the legendary chef was getting at. There’s so much more to food than nourishment. It feeds souls, it evokes memories, it upholds traditions, it’s part of most of life’s important moments. From milk and cookies to a seven-course gourmet meal, food can say “I love you” in no uncertain terms. </p> Thu, 24 Mar 2022 11:29:02 PDT Anonymous Death by Red Meat is Unsubstantiated <p>By <a href="/people/frank-mitloehner">Frank Mitloehner</a></p> <p>One might expect that a major breakthrough delivered by a well-respected organization – especially when the breakthrough seriously overrides a conclusion drawn merely two years earlier – to be backed by cold, hard facts. And yet, they are woefully absent from a Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD) that calls unprocessed red meat an unconditional health risk.</p> Fri, 04 Mar 2022 16:49:54 PST Anonymous Is GWP* really 'fuzzy math?' You decide. Has the beef industry landed on a metric that finally gives it a rosy glow? Is a new system of measurement absolving the sector from much of the global warming blame it’s been shouldering? And if so, is it all too good to be true? Wed, 20 Oct 2021 13:35:18 PDT Anonymous My response to the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future I welcome discourse where we listen to and learn from each other. Even arguments at times, provided they are respectful. Fri, 15 Oct 2021 10:54:19 PDT Anonymous WWF offers model for change Dairy will continue to be part of diets around the world, and some regions would likely benefit from more dairy. Given so, looking at reducing its environmental impact will be critical as we tackle climate change. And the WWF is addressing just that in their latest report. Thu, 13 May 2021 14:38:08 PDT Anonymous The Bogus Burger Blame Climate change is the biggest challenge of our lifetime, which we must address with urgency, but swapping out a hamburger once a month isn’t how we do it. Fri, 12 Feb 2021 17:25:07 PST Anonymous What if the United States stopped eating meat? Not only do exaggerated claims against animal protein such as meat distract us from major polluters, they blind us to potential climate change solutions. Fri, 04 Dec 2020 16:07:58 PST Anonymous The Carbon Impact of Food Waste: The Problem With What We’re NOT Eating By reducing the amount of food that’s lost or wasted, we can improve our greenhouse gas emissions while producing enough food to feed our growing population. Fri, 13 Nov 2020 12:50:07 PST Anonymous Big oil distracts from their carbon footprint by tricking you to focus on yours Marketing efforts distract us from the main climate change polluters by disproportionately blaming sectors such as animal agriculture and the products they produce such as meat and dairy. Fri, 16 Oct 2020 15:07:08 PDT Anonymous For methane, GWP100 not measuring up By rethinking the way we measure methane from cattle, we make way for potential climate change solutions. Thu, 03 Sep 2020 15:15:21 PDT Anonymous Burger King’s “breathe the farts of change” not passing the sniff test Burger King has been adding lemongrass to cows’ diets in an attempt to cut down on cattle’s methane emissions. Given the greenhouse gas’ role in climate change, it’s a big deal. If nothing else, decreasing methane would buy us time to try and get a handle on carbon dioxide emissions, the No. 1 elephant in the room – and in the atmosphere. Wed, 15 Jul 2020 10:34:19 PDT Anonymous Misleading climate statements rampant in IATP’s dairy report Imagine if the same time and energy spent attacking livestock were instead spent on the largest climate polluters out there – or even supporting cattle as a part of a climate solution. Yes, cattle can help pull carbon from the atmosphere, and if we work together, we can feed a growing population while also curbing climate change. Thu, 18 Jun 2020 11:55:40 PDT Anonymous Pandemic shows we need a Herculean effort to slow global warming The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us we’re in this together. A united, global effort stands the best chance of eradicating this deadly virus. Same goes for the all-important charge to keep our planet from overheating to the point of no return. Climate change solutions are possible, with the right approach. Wed, 20 May 2020 17:40:12 PDT Anonymous It’s time to stop comparing meat emissions to flying The comparison between livestock and aviation has many nuances, and many times those details get lost in conversations around climate change. The impact of emissions from cattle is often overstated, while aviation's effect on the planet's warming is understated. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 15:20:31 PST Anonymous No, Four Pounds of Beef Doesn’t Equal the Emissions of a Transatlantic Flight This is yet another example of misleading data that is misinforming the public and even worse, perhaps affecting public policy in a way that is detrimental to achieving climate change solutions. Eliminating meat from our diet is not the answer to slowing the planet's warming. Thu, 26 Sep 2019 11:45:11 PDT Anonymous