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Legal Structures for Just and Sustainable Food Systems

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 | 03:00 PM

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Please join us Wednesday, December 4, for a conversation with Janelle Orsi, executive director of the Sustainable Economies Law Center.

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.

Janelle Orsi, executive director of the Sustainable Economies Law Center, concludes Part II of the series Wednesday, December 4, with a presentation titled “Legal Structures for Just and Sustainable Food Systems.”

Her presentation will explore the legal entity structures and agreements that can contribute to a more just and sustainable food system, with a focus on the legal principles underlying cooperatives and the roles workers, consumers, and producer cooperatives can play in the food system. Ms. Orsi will also look at how we might treat our food system more like a commons, designing entity structures that reflect lessons derived from economist Elinor Ostrom's research on the management of common pool resources. Finally, she’ll highlight the primary legal barriers to transitioning food production into more just and sustainable legal structures, and how we might address those barriers through policy change.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Registration is available online at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/390068879.

Janelle Orsi is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), which facilitates the growth of more sustainable and localized economies through education, research, and advocacy to support practices such as barter, sharing, cooperatives, urban agriculture, shared housing, local currencies, community-supported enterprises, and local investing. Janelle is also a "sharing economy lawyer" in private practice, specializing in helping communities share housing and cars, form cooperatives, launch urban farming initiatives, and form social enterprises.

Janelle is the author of Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy: Helping People Build Cooperatives, Social Enterprise, and Local Sustainable Economies (ABA Books 2012), and co-author of The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community (Nolo Press 2009), a practical and legal guide to cooperating and sharing resources of all kinds.

In 2010, Janelle was profiled by the American Bar Association as a Legal Rebel, an attorney who is “remaking the legal profession through the power of innovation.” In 2012, Janelle was one of 100 people listed on The (En)Rich List, which names individuals "whose contributions enrich paths to sustainable futures."

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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