The Senate Ag Committee recently held a hearing on climate change and heard testimony on what some farmers and ranchers are already doing to protect the environment. Today we hear from a leading expert on air quality in the livestock industry.
Audio: Full Testimony of Dr. Frank Mitloehner of UC, Davis
Dr. Frank Mitloehner is a Professor in the Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis. He served on President Obama’s Council on Science & Technology and Chaired the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO). Dr. Mitloehner says he spends much time dispelling false information about livestock’s impact on the environment.
Dr. Mitloehner says much of this misinformation is centered around a study published by the FAO which has since been proven and admitted to being incorrect.
However, even after this admission, the study is still taken as fact. Mitloehner talked about another study which shows removing animals from American agriculture would only reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a little more than two percent.
Mitloehner went on to use the Dairy industry as an example that all American livestock producers are improving their efficiency and environmental stewardship.
In tomorrow’s finale, we will hear from former Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack