This is a two year project funded by the USDA National Agricultural Library, and led by CAFS
in collaboration with the Public Health Law Center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and the
Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut.
The project’s mission is to advance the field of knowledge about local
laws and policies that improve access to healthy food and also promote
health equity, support local economies,
and/or foster improved environmental outcomes. The project will identify
and document pioneering and exemplary local policy innovations to
increase awareness about promising and emerging policy approaches and
support communities in the development of their
own policy solutions.
The National Gleaning Project addresses the need for a national network
to connect organizations and individuals engaged in gleaning and food
recovery across the United States. These organizations vary in size,
structure, and mission, but are all working to reduce food waste and
insecurity in their communities. The Project developed the online
gleaning resources hub to provide a clearinghouse for gleaning and food
Farmland ACcess LEGAL project
This is a three-year project funded by the USDA National Agricultural Library, and led by CAFS in partnership with BCM Environmental Land Law, PLLC and Jambor Heyman LLP. Geared towards farm-seekers, farmers, landowners, and their advocates, the Farmland Access Legal Project offers information on more affordable and equitable land access arrangements. This web resource will contain sections on leasing, farmland transfer, and innovative models of access and feature a wide variety of case studies. The first piece that has been produced is this guide compiling existing online legal resources.
Farmers market legal toolkit
This is a four-year project funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and led by CAFS in collaboration with the Northeast
Organic Farming Coalition of Vermont (NOFA-VT) and the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC).
The Farmers Market Toolkit offers resources
on starting and governing market operations, incorporating federal
benefit programs, and managing risks. The online tools can help enhance
market resiliency and accessibility. The interactive online tool will
feature sections on market business structure, implementing
SNAP/EBT at farmers markets, risk management, and market case studies, among other
helpful legal tools.
This project, a partnership between CAFS and Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, is an 18-month project examining the potential role of a comprehensive national food strategy. Through legal research and diverse stakeholder engagement, this project will consider whether a national food strategy is needed, and what mechanisms could be employed to facilitate the strategy’s eectiveness and responsiveness to stakeholders impacted by the food system.
national law school farm bill research consortium
The National Law School Farm Bill Research Consortium brings together leading food, agriculture, and
environmental programs spanning six law schools and the Food Law Student Network. The mission of the
Consortium is to leverage and expand the expertise of Consortium partners by learning together and conducting
coordinated research on various facets of the farm bill, identifying and proposing policy changes to improve the next
farm bill, and building a shared platform that creates opportunities to engage in future farm bills. In addition, the
project will provide law students throughout the country, irrespective of the opportunities at their home institution,
with an opportunity to engage in farm bill research through the Food Law Student Network.
The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) partners with the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) to produce this annual State Farm to School Legislative Survey. The Survey summarizes all state farm to school related bills proposed between 2002-2014, whether enacted, defeated or still pending. It also provides analysis on this legislation and guidance on developing state farm to school systems. Farm to school is the practice of sourcing local food for schools, preschools and childcare centers and providing educational opportunities in health, nutrition and agriculture through school curricula. The most recent 2014 update includes case studies on Alaska, the District of Columbia, Oregon and Texas.
purpose of this website is to provide consumers with information to
help them navigate food labels and make informed food choices about the
products they buy. Unfortunately, food labels and what they mean are not
straightforward. This site explains the most common statements on food
labels, including what information must be disclosed, what information
is voluntary, and what is not included on food labels.
Building a sustainable food system with fair labor practices and minimal waste is an ongoing effort that faces many challenges, but the benefits of better agricultural practices can improve lives around the globe. In this two-part infographic series,
Challenges in Our Current Food System highlights some of the most pressing concerns in modern food production while
The Future of Food examines needed changes.
Fish are vital to human health, economic security and culture. However, due to consumer habits and industry practices, fish stocks are currently under extreme stress and face depletion across the globe. A collaboration between Vermont Law School and the New England Aquarium, the Global Fisheries in Crisis infographic examines the various stressors on fish stocks worldwide, and provides consumers, advocates and industry members with proactive ideas on countering these growing trends.
Farm and Food Legal Resources is a collection of online, existing legal resources compiled and organized by the Center for Agriculture & Food Systems (CAFS). CAFS developed this resource for individuals and organizations involved in sustainable food and agriculture. Consequently, the materials reflect an emphasis on sustainability, local and regional food systems as well as the innovations in food and agriculture occurring at the state and regional level.