​​The Center for Agric​ulture and Food Systems (CAFS) has a dual mission: 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.

CAFS' approach to progressing sustai​nable agriculture and food systems is systems-based, as our name implies. We believe that in order to truly foster sustainable agriculture and food, we need to understand the connections these systems have to the environment, energy, human and animal health, labor, and climate change.

Why sustainable agriculture and food systems? Food is a basic necessity of life. This is the time to make a difference in agriculture and food given the burgeoning interest in this area. Ensuring sufficient, healthy food to feed a growing global population is a critical humanitarian challenge. At the same time, the production of food has tremendous impact on natural resources, including water, soil health, and air, which we must address.​

CAFS Food Systems InfographicHow CAFS is contributing to sustainable agriculture and food systems: CAFS and VLS offer an expanding curriculum in food and agriculture for law and policy students. In addition, CAFS supports scholars and practitioners in producing practical, robust scholarship for use by the food and agriculture community. CAFS also offers training and legal tools to help build sustainable local and regional food systems.

If you are interested in learning more about CAFS, as a potential student, collaborator, or client, please call us at 802-831-1230.

Laurie Ristino
Director and Associate Professor of Law ​​

SAVE THE DATE: 2015 UVM Food Systems Summit, June 16-17, 2015



Agriculture & Food Systemshttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/specializations/agriculture-food-systemsAgriculture & Food SystemsFood is a basic necessity of human life and a unique vehicle for change, as it is intimately tied to human health, the environment, poverty, immigration, animal welfare, law, politics, and culture, on every step of its journey from farm to plate.
Certificate in Food and Agriculture Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/certificates/certificate-in-food-and-agriculture-lawCertificate in Food and Agriculture LawThe Certificate in Food and Agriculture Law covers sustainable agriculture and food and the connections these systems have to the environment, energy, human and animal health, labor, and climate change.​
Food and Agriculture Clinichttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/clinics-and-externships/food-and-agriculture-clinicFood and Agriculture ClinicEquips students with practical skills to be sustainable food and agriculture advocates and entrepreneurs.