What is a food lawyer?

foodlaw1.jpgDo you know a food lawyer? Ever heard the term before? How would you define it?

If you're not sure, don't worry you're not alone. Food law is a relatively new, and rapidly growing, area of law that includes a wide range of activities. Mary Beth Albright over at National Geographic's The Plate recently shared her definition in an article that features some great photos of SELC Executive Director, Janelle Orsi, and clients from our Resilient Communities Legal Cafe.

Aside from the various aspects of law that she includes in the term "food law," she makes an interesting point that food law "not only allows, but requires interdisciplinary thinking and using the existing system in inventive ways." At the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), that is our modus operandi. Whether its coming up with creative legal structures for cooperatively-owned food businesses or advocating for new policies that support access to healthy food for everyone, SELC attempts to push the legal boundaries of our current food system to create a new, local, and sustainable one that will last long after the end of the industrial age of food.

Read the full article here, and let us know in the comments below what being a "food lawyer" means to you!


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