Coronavirus Information and Update: Spring 2021 Plans

Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law

Food for Thought: The Impact of Food Choices in a Changing Climate

Saturday, March 13, 2021 (virtual)


This informative program will address a variety of cutting-edge and important law and policy issues relating to the connection between food production and consumption and energy use and climate impacts.

Speakers and topics will include:

Elizabeth Kirk, Professor of Global Governance & Ecological Justice, University of Lincoln, UK:

Breaking the plastics-food connection

George Kimbrell, Legal Director, Center for Food Safety, and Adjunct Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School:

The Environmental and Health Costs of Pesticide Use in Industrialized Agriculture in the US: a review of current law, the importance of the recent NFFC v. EPA case on dicamba and suggestions for improvement.

Lori Ann Burd, Environmental Health Program Director, Senior Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity:

The Climate Impacts of Industrial Monoculture Crop Systems

Dr. Meredith Niles, Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, University of Vermont:

New Coalitions and Approaches: discussion of ways farmers can and are working to reduce emissions, including an overview of the recently formed Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance


Delci Winders, Assistant Clinical Professor & Director, Animal Law Litigation Clinic, Lewis & Clark Law School and Dani Replogle, Senior Fellow, Earthrise Law Center, Lewis & Clark Law School:

Slaughter and the Environment—An Under-Examined Climate-Food Nexus
The climate change and other environmental impacts of raising animals for food on an industrial scale are gaining increasing—and long overdue—attention. Often overlooked, however, are such impacts beyond the farm, particularly at the slaughterhouse. This presentation will focus on the environmental impacts of slaughter itself, how those impacts are exacerbated by recent moves to increase slaughter line speeds, and what can be done to address these issues legally.

Laurie Ristino, Lecturer, Johns Hopkins, Krieger School of Arts & Sciences; founder, Strategies for a Sustainable Future; interim Executive Director, Center for Progressive Reform:

Will the renewed rise of ecosystem markets on agricultural lands differ from earlier attempts and result in measurable impacts to improved climate and water quality outcomes and sustainable funding streams for farmers?

Jon Lovvorn, Faculty Co-Director of the Law, Ethics, & Animal Program and co-teacher, Climate, Animal, Food, and Environmental Law & Policy Lab, Yale Law School; Chief Counsel, Humane Society of the United States

Topic TBD

Margot J. Pollans, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Pace-NRDC Food Law Initiative, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Pace University

Topic TBD


Cost is $50 for those who seek CLE credit. Free to all others. A final schedule and detail on how to register will be posted shortly. Questions? Contact Program Coordinator Alexis Burchett at