Frank Mitloehner has been chosen by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) as 2019 Borlaug CAST Communication Award recipient. A professor and air quality extension specialist in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California-Davis, Mitloehner is the 10th recipient of this award.
“I’m honored to be selected by CAST, an org I’ve long admired, and to be in the company of so many recipients who have inspired me during my career,” Mitloehner said. “Being recognized with the Borlaug CAST Communication Award is an affirmation of the importance of sharing research and academic pursuits well beyond labs, classrooms and universities.”
Mitloehner is a vocal expert on ways of measuring greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and tracing them back to their origins, including animals. His goal is to change societal views about the influence of animals on our climate through various channels of communication. Numerous like-minded agencies and institutions have reached out for his guidance on timely and relevant issues regarding animal agriculture’s impacts on air quality, including chairing a committee for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Mitloehner was featured in the April, 2019, issue of Drovers in its “I’m A Drover” profile. As an advocate of science, Mitloehner believes efforts to reduce meat and milk production globally will only result in “more hunger in poor countries” and that efforts should be focused on “smarter farming, not less farming.”
CAST bestows the award annually to a nominated expert in the agricultural, environmental or food sectors. The nominee must show remarkable communication skills through various types of media with the purpose of advancing science in the public policy sector.
Since he joined UC-Davis in 2002, Mitloehner has amassed more than 800 presentations focused on animal agriculture through various speaking events such as conferences and professional meetings. He has contributed to national news stories published by CNN, PBS, Newsweek, The Washington Post and other media outlets.
His Twitter account (@GHGGuru) has more than 7,000 followers. In late 2018, Mitloehner launched GHG Guru Blog, a personal website with the goal of delivering the “latest, most accurate research” focused on the intersection between animal agriculture and the climate.
The Borlaug CAST Communication Award is sponsored by the CropLife Foundation. An award presentation will be held during a side event at the World Food Prize Symposium on October 16.