June, 2014

  Like us on Facebook    Follow us on Twitter    View our profile on LinkedIn 


It's official, summer has finally arrived in South Royalton.  Along with the lovely weather, June also brings the start of the Summer semester at Vermont Law School.  CAFS is delighted to be offering a range of summer course on food and agriculture law and policy.   In addition to course offerings, there are also weekly Hot Topic Lectures open to the public.  If you're in the area, be sure to stop by for one of these exciting and informative events.  Complete information on Summer at VLS can be found here.

In addition to preparing for the summer term, the CAFS team has been busy designing two new food and agriculture degree programs, and working to kick off our Farmers' Market Governance project.  Read on for the full update.  We hope you enjoy the June addition of our CAFS News Bite!


CAFS to Offer Two New Degrees and a Certificate in Food and Agriculture 
We are excited to announce that students at Vermont Law School (VLS) can now earn a Certificate in Food and Agriculture Law.  Additionally,  VLS will offer both a Masters of Food and Agricultural Law and Policy (MFALP)* degree, and a Masters of Laws (LLM)* degree in Food and Agriculture Law.

Both the Masters degrees and the Certificate program are integral components of CAFS' mission to develop the next generation of sustainable food and agriculture law and policy leaders.  The curriculum for each program has been rigorously designed to help students develop skills in agriculture and food policy advocacy.  The programs are shaped by the ever-expanding food and agriculture curriculum, and the new Food and Agriculture Clinic, both of which are components of VLS' extensive, and top rated environmental law curriculum.

*Degree programs pending ABA acquiescence and NEASC approval   


Special thanks to the 1772 Foundation for their unrestricted gift to the Center.  Unrestricted gifts are critical to the operation of the Center, which is fully grant and donation supported.  Not only do unrestricted gifts help us pay for daily operation of the Center, but these important funds also allow  us to provide important legal and policy resources that help move the sustainable food and agriculture movement forward.


CAFS Director Laurie Ristino presented at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's May event "Harvesting Change: The 2014 Food & Community Gathering" in Detroit

Director Ristino's presentation, "The Law & Building the Infrastructure of the New Food Movement," explored how law is a critical building block of the new food movement.  Harvesting Change is an interdisciplinary gathering of those working for a new and better food system. Over six hundred farmers, food leaders, advocate, food entrepreneurs, academics, and policy makers traveled to Detroit for the event.
Harvesting Change Across the Food System: Good Food for All (2014 Food & Community Gathering) 
Harvesting Change Across the Food System: Good Food for All (2014 Food & Community Gathering)

You can watch a video from the event by clicking the
image above.  Click here to learn more about the gathering and and the wide range of topics discussed.


Director, Laurie Ristino, to moderate at UVM's Food Systems Summit


The UVM Food Systems Summit is an annual event drawing scholars, practitioners, and food systems leaders to engage in dialogue on the pressing food systems issues facing our world. The Summit will include Keynote addresses from food systems leaders, as well as panel discussions with scholars and practitioners." Director Laurie Ristino will be moderating Wednesday's panel, "Geopolitical Context", which will include presentations on the future of the local food movement, Mexico's evolving urban food system, and a case study of organic farmers in Lima, Peru, among others.

The Summer Academy in Global Food Law & Policy is an established one-week summer programme [sic] that brings together practitioners, policymakers, industry representatives and leading academics working in the field of food law and policy. CAFS Associate Director Laurie Beyranevand will be leading a session on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and its impact on the global food supply at the Academy. Professor Beyranevand will also participate in round-table discussion on comparative approaches of food regulatory regimes, where panelists will discuss the regulatory systems of the US, China, ASEAN, and the EU.