Developing Food Policy: U.S. & International Perspectives

Date(s) of Conference:

April 16-17, 2010

Location:

Yale Law School
127 Wall Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06511

Description:

Food policy implicates a broad range of pressing humanitarian, public health, and environmental challenges. These challenges include, among many others: ending hunger, promoting rural economic development, protecting the safety of the food supply, reversing the obesity and diabetes epidemics, and averting catastrophic climate change.  Addressing any and all of these challenges requires the development of healthy, sustainable, and equitable food systems.  The aim of the conference, Developing Food Policy, is to help participants bring about patterns of food production that honor the universal right to food, the health and well-being of communities, and the preciousness of natural resources.  The conference will bring together leading policymakers, scholars, activists, students, and farmers to discuss strategies for achieving food systems guided by those values.

Developing Food Policy will explore two distinct “tracks” for reform through two concurrently-run series of panels.  The U.S. Track will focus on interconnections among U.S. agricultural policy, public health, and the environment, while considering avenues for pushing food law in healthier and more sustainable directions.  The International Track will examine reform strategies, both on local levels and in transnational fora, aimed at ensuring food access in the developing world.

Contact Information:

Jeremy Golubcow-Teglasi jeremy.golubcow-teglasi@yale.edu (U.S. Track)

Adrienna Wong adrienna.wong@yale.edu (International Track)

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