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Commentaries by Karen Mancl

Karen Mancl

Professor of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at The Ohio State University

Karen Mancl is a Professor of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at The Ohio State University. In 2020, she is working as a research assistant in the Woodrow Wilson Center China Environment Forum. She specializes in rural wastewater treatment and has developed low-cost treatment systems installed in Ohio and China. Her PhD in Water Resources is from Iowa State University and MA in East Asian Studies and MA in Public Policy are from Ohio State University.
  • Oct 07, 2021

    In 2019, U.S. Customs seized 3400 pounds of invasive Chinese mitten crabs at the Cincinnati, Ohio airport. The mitten crab threatens commercial fishing and biodiversity and is listed on the top 100 worst invader list. China is hosting the 15th meeting of the Convention on Biodiversity and is in a position to show leadership in protecting aquatic environments.

  • Apr 17, 2021

    Early in the pandemic, an unexpected outbreak among mink brought catastrophe to Denmark’s vaunted mink fur industry, leading to the extermination of its entire mink population and total collapse of its output. The U.S. and China are among the top contenders looking to capitalize on the sudden vacuum in the market.

  • May 17, 2020

    Around the world, breweries are seeking ways to lower their environmental footprint, while increasing production and profits. The brewery industries in China and the U.S. look at methane biogas capture from their wastes as a part of both their business plans and to meet environmental sustainability goals.

  • Apr 16, 2020

    Agricultural plastics have transformed China’s agriculture and the Chinese are unlikely to abandon its use. If things do not change, plastic use in agriculture will move from a “white revolution to white pollution”.

  • Feb 12, 2020

    The spread of African swine fever is likely to extend beyond China’s borders and become a global issue. The U.S. would benefit greatly from collaborating with its long-standing trade rival to combat the disease that has been wreaking havoc on the pork industry.

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