The [In]significance of the Monsanto Rider to the Farm Bill
The Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy invites you to join 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 looked at a legal framework for the new food movement; Part III examines GMOs and intellectual property, and Part IV, will consider the farm bill and the future of farming.
Laurie Beyranevand, associate director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) at Vermont Law School, launches Part III of the series on Tuesday, January 28, with a presentation titled “The [In]significance of the Monsanto Rider to the Farm Bill.”
Despite its expiration, the “Monsanto Rider” to the 2013 Farm Bill drew a great deal of attention from advocates and remains a source of controversy in the ongoing debate over genetically engineered foods. Prof. Beyranevand will focus on the text of the provision, the potential ramifications, and its significance within the larger regulatory scheme that governs genetically engineered foods in the United States.
Her presentation will be followed by a Q+A with the audience.
Laurie Beyranevand is the Associate Director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) and an Associate Professor of Law. She teaches Food Regulation and Policy, Public Law, Communications, Advocacy and Leadership, Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation, and Advanced Writing for Dispute Resolution. She has served as the faculty advisor to the National Animal Law Moot Court Competition teams, and the ABA Negotiations and Client Counseling Teams.
Professor Beyranevand received a BA from Rutgers College in 1999 and a JD from Vermont Law School in 2003. She clerked in the Environmental Division of the Vermont Attorney General's Office and also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marie E. Lihotz in New Jersey. Prior to joining the faculty at Vermont Law School, Professor Beyranevand was a Staff Attorney at Vermont Legal Aid where she represented adults and children in individual cases and class action litigation involving health law issues. In that capacity, she appeared in state and federal court, as well as before administrative adjudicative bodies, and served as an appointed member of the Human Rights Committee.
Professor Beyranevand is an Executive Committee Member of the Agriculture and Food Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools, a member of the Vermont Bar Association, and a volunteer for the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link. She is admitted to both the New York and Vermont State Bars, as well as the U.S. District Court, District of Vermont.
Professor Beyranevand's research and scholarship focuses on the connections between food and health, specifically considering issues arising from food safety and regulation.
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.
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