FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Jan. 18, 2011
SOUTH ROYALTON, VT –– Ten student groups at Vermont Law School will host a two-day agriculture law and policy conference on Jan. 27-28 to explore the ways in which the world eats and ways to improve our systems for growing, transporting and consuming food. The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 8:45 a.m. Jan. 27 with the keynote address being given at 4:55 p.m. by Ellen Kahler, executive director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund.
Titled “Pollinate and Cultivate: Seeding the Future of Our Food,” the conference is designed to inspire innovative solutions to the challenges facing our troubled food systems. The conference will examine issues surrounding the way the world eats—from local movements to national policy and global impacts.
The issues will include genetically modified crops and salmon; farm and agriculture business incubators; how the 2012 Farm Bill might amend the 2008 Farm Bill to protect ecosystems, family farms and consumers; food’s effects on human reproductive health; and global animal welfare and industrial agriculture. Other topics will include Native American food systems; water pollution from industrial agriculture; renewable energy source from farm products; and efforts to being together nonprofit groups advocating for migrant farm workers, small family farmers and urban agriculturists.
More information is available at http://www.vermontlaw.edu/students/x12057.xml
##Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, has the top-ranked environmental law program and one of the top-ranked clinical training programs in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service, a Master of Environmental Law and Policy degree and two post-JD degrees, the Master of Laws in Environmental Law and the LLM in American Legal Studies (for international students). The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center and the South Royalton Legal Clinic. For more information, visit www.vermontlaw.edu.
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