Agriculture & Sustainability (LAW-795P-001)
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It is often argued that individual food choice is the ultimate exercise of personal responsibility in our society. But what if that conventional wisdom was challenged, instead recognizing that a complex web of agricultural and food laws substantially influences what ends up on our plates, and ultimately affects the health of individuals, communities, and their ecosystems? These policies, and the regulatory mechanisms supporting them, play a vital role in determining health outcomes for our nation and the level of environmental impact to shared natural resources such as air, water, soil, and biodiversity, and thus will be explored in depth in this course. In the context of these policies, the course will cover diverse ecological and public health issues through the lens of federal environmental statutes. Because many of these issues are newly emerging topics, student participation in discussions is strongly encouraged. The course will conclude with a short research paper and a brief presentation on a topic of the student's choice. There are no prerequisites, but Administrative Law or Environmental Law is recommended.
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FOOD, AGRICULTURE, AND ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (edited by Angelo, Czarnezki, and Eubanks)
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