Putting Law and Policy on the Regional Food Table

Studying food systems planning, I spend a lot of time thinking about, talking about, reading about, and writing about food systems. In almost all the literature, the typical definition of a food system includes five stages: production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste. Sometimes these stages are given different names, or broken down into subcategories, but these are the five basic components. However, the food system does not exist in a vacuum, and multiple external factors play a major role in how these various components of the food system unfold. As an urban planning graduate student, much of my academic career has been spent examining ways that the food system interacts with its surroundings- the social, natural and built environments for example- as well as the policies that influence these interactions. So, I was quite pleased to learn about a conference at the Fordham School of Law that will be addressing these very issues.

Tomorrow, the Fordham Environmental Law Review, in collaboration with the National Resources Defense Council, is hosting a one day conference on the role of environmental and land use law and policy in building a local and regional food system. The conference, entitled Analyzing Regional Foodsheds and Local Foods: The role of Environmental and Land Use Law and Policy, features law and policy experts who will be discussing how food intersects with these disciplines, and the ways that law and policy can aid in building a new food system.

The event runs from 9am-4pm, and is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending can register through the Fordam School of  Law event site.



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