Dr. K.M. (Karin) WITTENBERG

Dean
Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
University of Manitoba

Professor
Department of Animal Science
Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
University of Manitoba

257 Agriculture Building
66 Dafoe Road
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3T 2N2
Office Phone: (204) 474-9380
Fax: (204) 474-7525
Email: km.wittenberg@umanitoba.ca


 Summary

Dr. Karin Wittenberg has a doctorate in Ruminant Nutrition from the University of Manitoba, where she is now Associate Dean, Research in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences.  An initiative led by Dr. Wittenberg has resulted in the recent establishment of the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment at the University of Manitoba to study the long-term impact of conventional and alternative livestock and land management practices on environmental, economic and human health.  The $10.5 M initiative has brought animal and plant scientists together with microbiologists, engineers and food scientists to identify food production strategies that are ecologically and economically sound in the longer term. An exciting addition to the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment is the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre a $5 M facility which was officially opened in 2010.  Interactive displays and programming are used to deliver 4 key messages:
-  Food comes from agriculture
-  Farmers are the original environmentalists
- The business of agriculture and food production is full of interesting careers
- Science plays a huge role in the making of food

Wittenberg’s work as a university academic and professional agrologist reflects the continuing need to address key issues facing animal agriculture in Canada.  She chaired Canada’s first national Traceabilty Conference in 2010. She has been a member of the Task force for CDC North (2003/04), a Manitoba initiative that resulted in the expanded role of the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health (level 4 lab).  As well, she was appointed to the Expert Panel on Future of Food Biotechnology in Canada, Royal Society of Canada (2000‑01) to provide recommendation to the Government of Canada regarding the potential and risk of genetically modified plants and animals in our food production systems.  She was appointed to the Agriculture and Agri-Food Table on Climate Change (1998-2000), the Agriculture and Agri‑Food Canada Advisory Committee related to greenhouse gas mitigation (2002‑2006), and now Environment Canada’s Technical Committee on GHG emissions from Livestock (2008-present). Currently, Wittenberg sits on two national and one provincial industry-led agencies funding research. Her work was recognized with an Animal Science Award for Excellence in Nutrition and Meat Science in 2004, YMCA Woman of the Year in Science and Innovation in 2008, and Manitoba Pork Council Education award in 2009.

Wittenberg maintains a research program in the area of grassland management and environment, and has developed the research tools for some of the first greenhouse gas work generating information relevant to Canadian production systems.
 

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