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Monday, November 11, 2013
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The New Food Movement: How We Got Here and Why It Matters

By Guest Author, Jena Clarke, Yale F&ES '15

Laurie Ristino will join us Wednesday, November 13, for our next Frontiers in Food and Agriculture webinar. She’ll continue our discussion of the legal framework for the new food system with her presentation “The New Food Movement: How We Got Here and Why it Matters.” 

Laurie Ristino joins us from Vermont Law School (VLS), where she is the director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) and an associate professor of law. Laurie holds a Masters of Public Administration from George Mason University and a law degree from the University of Iowa. Prior to coming to VLS, she served as senior counsel with the Office of the General Counsel at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). There, she advised on a wide range of environmental and natural resource policy issues for the Department, the Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). She has worked extensively on the development and implementation of the farm bill and numerous instances of conservation and restoration policy.

With CAFS, Laurie works to realize the Center’s dual missions: to develop the next generation of sustainable food and agriculture law and policy leaders while providing legal and policy resources and solutions for citizens to build and support such systems. Through their work, Laurie and CAFS address the challenge of producing healthy food to feed the growing global population while maintaining and sustaining the natural resources which these systems both materially impact and upon which they depend.

In her webinar, Laurie will draw from her expertise on and experience with the foundations of food and agricultural policy to provide us with the background to modern American agricultural history and the new food and agriculture movement. Laurie believes the success of sustainable food systems demands an understanding of the environmental, social, and economic impacts of the conventional industrial agricultural industry and its means of production, distribution, and marketing; her presentation will help us draw the links between the past, present and future of these issues.

Laurie Ristino’s presentation will be followed by an interactive question and answer session with the listening audience. To register, visit https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/156388167 and then log in from 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST on November 13. Can’t make the live broadcast? Don’t worry! We will be recording the presentation and posting it on our website.

The series continues Wednesday, November 20, with a presentation by Rachel Armstrong, founder and executive director of Farm Commons -- an organization providing detailed education to farmers and food advocates on business legal issues, including land leasing, sales, hiring, and food safety. For more details, visit http://envirocenter.yale.edu/events. Registration is available online at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/454961063.

Jena Clarke is a first-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She earned her B.S. in International Agricultural Development from the University of California, Davis in 2009.  She is interested in agricultural policy, especially relating to livestock production and rangeland management. Her background is in cattle ranching in the US and Australia, where she worked as a cowgirl and later as a business analyst for a corporate agricultural funds manager.

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