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Jason Foscolo to Explore a Legal Framework for the New Food Movement

By Guest Author, Avana Andrade, Yale F&ES '15

Jason Foscolo, principal attorney at The Food Law Firm, will kick off Part II of the Frontiers in Food and Agriculture webinar series on Tuesday, November 6.

Part II of the series, titled A Legal Framework for the New Food Movement, will examine the legal structures that support and enable a new food movement. Mr. Foscolo’s presentation will explore how specialized legal tools can be used to promote sustainability, ethical livestock production, and soil-enhancing agriculture practices. In particular, he will highlight the unique features of the cooperative model in agricultural contexts, the sustainable cultivation of livestock through contract production, and agricultural leases that reward tenants for soil-enhancing farming practices

The series continues Wednesday, November 13, with Laurie Ristino, director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School; her presentation will offer 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. Rachel Armstrong (11/20), and Janelle Orsi (12/4) will explore new business models to help farmers access the legal system as well as the possibility of re-envisioning our food system as a commons. These guests, in sum, will shed light on the role of law in giving the emerging food movement legitimacy and durability.

For more detailed information on each webinar see YCELP’s calendar of upcoming events: http://envirocenter.yale.edu/events.

To register for any of the webinars in Part II, including Jason Foscolo’s, please see the following links:

Food Law Activism: Legal Models for Sustainable Business
Jason Foscolo, Principle Attorney at The Food Law Firm
Wednesday, November 6, 2013| 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Registration: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/303489727

The New Food Movement: How We Got Here + Why It Matters
Laurie Ristino, Director, Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, Vermont Law School
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST
Registration: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/156388167

Business as Unusual: Building the New For Movement with Business Law
Rachel Armstrong, Executive Director, Farm Commons
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST
Registration: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/454961063

Legal Structures for Just and Sustainable Food Systems
Janelle Orsi, Executive Director, Sustainable Economies Law Center
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 | 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST
Registration: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/390068879

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