​​The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) has a dual mission: to train the next generation of food and agriculture advocates and entrepreneurs, and to create innovative legal tools supporting the new food movement.

CAFS trains students through a comprehensive array of residential and distance learning courses and a Food and Agriculture Clinic. VLS offers a JD Certificate in Food and Agriculture, and both Master's and LLM degrees in Food and Agriculture Law and Policy. CAFS' diverse course offerings, law clinic and degree options make it the most comprehensive sustainable food, agriculture, and environmental law graduate program in the country.

CAFS Food Systems InfographicCAFS is also a center for advocacy. Beyond the classroom, CAFS faculty and students collaborate with local, regional, national and international partners to produce legal tools that advance smart market and policy initiatives geared toward improving the food system and its impact on the environment, public health, local economies, food security and animal welfare. CAFS creates legal tools for an array of food system stakeholders, including farmers, food producers, food entrepreneurs, consumers, legislators, administrators and health care professionals. ​

CAFS’ dynamic curriculum and trans-disciplinary, collaborative advocacy reflect its core belief that complex food system problems require creative, systemic solutions.

If you are interested in learning more about CAFS, please call us at 802-831-1230.

Laurie Ristino
Director and Associate Professor of Law ​​

photo of Dr. Shiva courtesy of Navdanya.org

Dr. Vandana Shiva to Speak on GMO Labeling

The public is welcome to join VLS in hosting Dr. Vandana Shiva on November 3rd, 2014 at 5pm in the Chase Community Center on the VLS campus. Dr. Shiva will speak on climate change, GMOs, and the role of Vermont’s GMO labeling law in addressing these concerns. Dr. Shiva is the founder of Navdanya, whose mission is to promote peace, justice, and sustainability by supporting community seed banks, biodiverse organic farming, and fair trade.

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.
Food and Agriculture LLM Fellowshiphttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/admissions/tuition-and-financial-aid/fellowships/food-and-agriculture-llm-fellowshipFood and Agriculture LLM FellowshipGain work experience at one of the most comprehensive food and agriculture law programs in the nation.
LLM in Food and Agriculture Lawhttp://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/llm/llm-in-food-and-agriculture-lawLLM in Food and Agriculture LawDesigned for students who have already earned a law degree and wish to pursue intensive study and practical training in sustainable food and agriculture. Open to students who have graduated with a JD degree from a U.S. law school or another country.
Master of Food and Agriculture Law and Policy (MFALP)http://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/masters/master-of-food-and-agriculture-law-and-policy-(mfalp)Master of Food and Agriculture Law and Policy (MFALP)Designed for students who want to create, innovate, and support sustainable food and agriculture systems.