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The New Food Movement: How We Got Here + Why It Matters

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 | 12:00 PM

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Please join us Wednesday, November 13, for a conversation with Laurie Ristino, director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School.

The Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy invites you to join us for our third annual policy workshop webinar series, Frontiers in Food and Agriculture. In response to the growing interest in food and agriculture policy, both globally and locally, the series, co-sponsored by the Yale Sustainable Food Project and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School, is investigating four broad themes. Part I explored linkages between theory and practice in food justice; Part II is looking at a legal framework for the new food movement; Part III will examine GMOs and intellectual property, and Part IV, the farm bill and the future of farming.

Laurie Ristino, director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School, continues the series Wednesday, November 13, with a presentation titled “The New Food Movement: How We Got Here + Why it Matters.”

The American New Food + Agriculture Movement has been a long time in the making. To understand the legal and policy importance of this movement and to facilitate its ultimate success, understanding modern American agricultural history and the more recent consumer impetus for sustainable food is critical. Professor Ristino’s presentation provides a brief overview of modern agriculture history and the forces that produced our highly efficient, industrialized food system – touching upon the environmental, social, and economic impacts of our consolidated food production and the economies of scale that define its production, distribution, and marketing.

Her presentation will be followed by a Q+A with the audience.

Registration is available online at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/156388167.

Laurie Ristino joined the Vermont Law School faculty in 2013. She is the first director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) and an associate professor of law. As director, she is responsible for CAFS vision and direction, including curriculum development, teaching, outreach, and advocacy. Professor Ristino is also the faculty advisor to VLS's Food and Agriculture Law Society.

Before joining VLS, Professor Ristino was a senior counsel with the Office of the General Counsel, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, D.C.  At the USDA, she advised the Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Department on environmental and natural resources legal policy issues. She is an expert on the conservation title of the farm bill, and advised on the implementation of the 2002 and 2008 farm bills, as well as the run-up to the 2013 farm bill.  Professor Ristino has also served in various administrative leadership capacities, including acting director of the Easement Programs Division of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, special assistant to the deputy assistant secretary for administration of the Department of Interior, and special assistant for the restoration of the Gulf of Mexico, Office of the Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Professor Ristino previously taught the environmental agriculture course at George Washington University Law School. She is an associate member of the Environmental Law Institute, a member of the American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, and a member of the American Agricultural Law Association. Professor Ristino serves as an editor and columnist for the ABA's Natural Resources & Environment magazine. She is also member of the Federal Senior Executive Service and the Pennsylvania Bar.

About the Series: Co-sponsored by the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, the Yale Sustainable Food Project and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School, our third annual webinar series highlights emerging issues in food and agriculture policy. The series is designed for academic and policy communities as well as the general public and is available to everyone online. The webinar format enables interested parties to access and participate in these presentations from anywhere in the world. The series is free and open to the public; presentation recordings are available online approximately one week after they air live.

System Requirements:
PC-based attendees
Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac-based attendees
Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
Mobile attendees
iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet






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