Thursday, January 27, 2011

JD Student Jeffrey John Reports on Formation of New Student Group: FARM Law & Policy Group Founded at the University of Denver

During the fall semester last calendar year, a small group of University of Denver Sturm College of Law students quietly started a new student group focused on Food, Agriculture, and Resource Management. DU’s FARM Law & Policy Group has a mission to promote the awareness of and increase the dialogue around complex issues surrounding food policy, agriculture laws, and resource use, while building a supportive network of professionals and students in Denver and around the country.

Currently, there are only a handful of food policy groups organized in law schools across the country. The Harvard Food Law Society, Drake University’s Agricultural Law Center in Des Moines, Iowa, The National Agriculture Law Center at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, and the University of Oregon’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program are probably the most notable.

Now, DU's FARM Law & Policy Group hopes to create another hub for important discussions on Food, Agriculture, and Resource Management. Some of the topics that members can look forward to discussing are: The Food Safety Modernization Act, Monsanto Co. v. Geertson Seed Farms, green roofs, efficient water use, water quality for food production, energy use and ethanol production, off-shore fish farming, genetically modified organisms and intellectual property… just to name a few.

The FARM Law & Policy Group will hold its first general meeting on Monday, January 31st at the Sturm College of Law in room 125 at noon. Lunch will be served. FARM has also started a DU portfolio page open to the entire University and open to the public. This page can be found by clicking here. If you are interested in becoming a member, please try to attend the first general interest meeting on January 31st or subscribe to the group on the portfolio page.

We look forward to engaging discussions about FARM policy strategies and legal issues locally, regionally, and nationally.

Jeffrey John
JD Student

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