Debunking the controversy around cattle and climate change

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Published:  21 September, 2020
Picture: CLEAR Centre / UC Davis

Renowned international scientist Professor Frank Mitloehner discusses cattle and climate change in the latest 75-minute episode of the ILM podcast series “View from the top”, which is now available free to download and listen to here, as well as via Apple Podcast, Spotify and Deezer.

In this episode, ILM Editor Isabella Griffiths is joined by Stephen Sothmann, President, Leather and Hide Council of America (LHCA) and Frank Mitloehner, Professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, and internationally acclaimed air quality expert who specialises in measurement and mitigation of airborne pollutants from livestock production, including greenhouse gases.

This highly topical and lively discussion takes a closer look at the common misconceptions that are directed against animal agriculture and the wider leather industry around the climate change debate, with Mitloehner debunking common myths around cattle and methane production, outlining the real impact of cattle farming on global warming compared with fossil-fuel based industries. The discussion also examines the link between cattle farming and climate neutrality, veganism and the movement’s anti-meat and anti-leather propaganda and concludes how the leather industry can harness science and social media to push a positive message.