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Accelerating economic recovery through agricultural innovation

US think tank The Breakthrough Institute has published a policy brief on how new federal funding for agricultural research and development in the United States could protect and generate tens of thousands of jobs while also helping roughly halve US agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.

The brief lays out:

  • How COVID-19 has impacted agricultural research at universities and startups
  • How emerging agricultural technologies can reduce agriculture's carbon footprint
  • Several policy options to advance public and private-sector innovation

Read the full report, Accelerating economic recovery through agricultural innovation, here. See also the Foodsource chapter What is the connection between infectious diseases in humans and livestock? Read other COVID-19 content in the FCRN’s research library here.

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North America

North America is the northern subcontinent of the Americas covering about 16.5% of the Earth's land area. This large continent has a range of climates spanning Greenland’s permanent ice sheet and the dry deserts of Arizona. Both Canada and the USA are major food producers and some of the largest food exporters in the world. Industrial farms are the norm in North America, with high yields relative to other regions and only 2% of the population involved in agriculture.

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