Underscoring the need for a multidisciplinary approach to complex problem-solving such as ensuring safe and adequate food supplies in a climate-disrupted world, key staff for Government Accountability Project’s Climate Science & Policy Watch (CSPW) and Food Integrity Campaign (FIC) programs are collaborating to guide an exciting research and investigation project spearheaded by 2019 Research Fellow Anna Levy. CSPW’s Senior Climate Policy Analyst Anne Polansky and Public Health Director Amanda Hitt and are overseeing two unique areas of inquiry: how the new trade agreement that supersedes NAFTA deals with the climate threat, and a systems analysis of various political and economic factors at play in the U.S. cattle and beef industries – meat production is a significant source of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. We recently interviewed Anna to peel back some of the layers of her investigative efforts and are pleased to share here what we uncovered and explored with her.
Government Accountability Project’s Climate Science & Policy Watch program and Food Integrity Campaign welcome seasoned researcher and international policy analyst, Anna Levy, to our team. As a Research Fellow, Anna is spearheading an investigation and research project at the intersection of industrial agriculture and climate change both in the United States and transnationally. She is exploring two research prongs, informed by over a decade of prior work, and in consultation with expert staff in our CSPW and FIC programs. The project has two areas of focus. The first is an analysis of climate change considerations in the new Mexico-United States-Canada free trade agreement. The accord, called T-MEC in Mexico, USMCA in the United States, and CUSMA in Canada, awaits final approval by all three countries’ legislatures. In the second area of focus, Anna is mapping the underlying economic and political forces at work that influence and shape the U.S. beef and cattle production industries, a key contributor to global methane emissions. An introduction to her forthcoming research is below.