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Cool Agriculture: Climate and Food Challenges in the US and China

Agriculture is both the source of and has the potential to be a savior for greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate change. Agriculture is also impacted by threats to food security; the global food system accounts for a quarter to a third of greenhouse gas emissions along its whole supply chain, from production and processing to packaging, transport, storage, consumption, and disposal of food. Both the US and China are top food producers, with China as the world’s largest grain producer. As the world’s largest food exporter, the US is considered a food market “superpower.” With their position of leadership in food production, the two countries are well situated to lead efforts in green agriculture to address climate change.