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US wants more attention for Climate and Environment in trade agreements

The United States is going to make much greater space for climate policy and environmental protection in its international trade policy. In world trade, the US wants to “turn the race to the bottom into a race to the top,” said new US trade envoy Katherine Tai.

She called agriculture and trade the key to any free trade agreement and stressed that the US can be a global example for sustainable agriculture. “Our farmers can lead the world with innovative carbon conservation methods,” she said.

The Biden administration's trade envoy denounced the USMCA trade agreement with Canada and Mexico signed under President Trump, saying that the deal does not go far enough to account for the cost of environmental pollution through trade.

The most glaring omission in that trade agreement is the failure to explicitly recognize climate change, an omission she suggested would not be made in the future. In the European Union there is similar criticism of the Euro-South American Mercosur trade agreement.

US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently presented plans to make carbon sequestration a common agricultural conservation practice. Vilsack will be coming to Brussels soon. Within the European Union, more and more people are also calling for agriculture to play a greater role in climate and environmental policy.

Recently, the EU and the US have already suspended their WTO trade dispute over the Airbus subsidies, highlighting that both trade blocs want to work much more closely together.

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