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  • Photo of Frank Mitloehner, PhD

    Frank Mitloehner, PhD

    Frank Mitloehner is a Professor and Air Quality Specialist in Cooperative Extension in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis. He received his MS degree in Animal Science and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Leipzig, Germany, and his PhD degree in Animal Science from Texas Technical University.

    Dr. Mitloehner is an expert in agricultural air quality, livestock housing and husbandry. He conducts research that is directly relevant to the understanding and mitigation of air emissions from livestock operations, as well as the implications of these emissions for the health and safety of farmworkers and neighbouring communities.

    Dr. Mitloehner has served as Chair of a global United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) partnership project to benchmark the environmental footprint of livestock production. He served as a workgroup member on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and as a member on the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee on “A Framework for Assessing the Health, Environmental, and Social Effects of the Food System”.

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    David van Keulen

    David van Keulen is one of three brothers who own and operate Donia Farms. Donia Farms is a 3rd generation larger dairy farm located in Surrey, BC, and the farm is unique in that they have a brand on the retail shelf. They wanted to put a brand on the shelf as a way to connect shoppers to the farm again. The belief was that the disconnect has created a lot of misconceptions vilifying agriculture and especially animal agriculture. Climate change is an area where consumers have misconceptions. Modern farms are always pushing for efficiency and efficiency is one of the best ways to be more sustainable.

  • Photo of Barbara Seed, PhD, RD

    Barbara Seed, PhD, RD

    Dr. Barbara Seed is a Registered Dietitian with over 30 years of experience working in public health. She currently works as a consultant in food and nutrition policy, focusing on integrating nutrition, food systems and the environment. She led the development of the first dietary guidelines in Qatar in 2013—one of the first in the world to include sustainability principles. 

    Barbara has since been working to advance the concept of integrating sustainable, healthy diets within national level dietary guidelines, as a lecturer and webinar speaker across Canada, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and as one of the lead writers of the Dietitians of Canada (DC) role paper on Sustainable Food Systems and Sustainable Diets. In 2016, she wrote a background paper for Health Canada examining the integration of environmental sustainability principles into dietary guidance. 

    Barbara received her PhD in Food Policy from City University, UK under the advisement of Dr. Tim Lang, and completed her Master’s degree in Public Health at the University of Minnesota.