Low-hanging fruit for COVID-19 stimulus & decarbonisation
This report from US thinktank The Breakthrough Institute, co-authored by FCRN member Dan Blaustein-Rejto, outlines over $500 billion in potential federal spending that could lower emissions, be included in upcoming post-COVID stimulus investments and has already been vetted and earned bipartisan support in Congress. The brief proposes an agricultural research funding increase, research facility maintenance, and biomethane tax credits in addition to many proposals regarding energy innovation and infrastructure.
Read the full report, Low-hanging Fruit For COVID Stimulus And Decarbonisation: Bipartisan Opportunities In Energy, Agriculture, And Infrastructure, here. See also the Foodsource chapter What is the connection between infectious diseases in humans and livestock? and read other COVID-19 content in the FCRN’s research library here.
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.