October 2011



Liu calls for environmental law collaboration

21st-Century China – Alan Taylor – In Focus – The Atlantic

This evening I’m guest lecturing in an undergraduate environmental law class at Williams College about the impacts of everyday behavior on the environment and the role of law. In an open discussion to start the class by the regular professor, students brought of the following news stories:
California’s new cap and trade program
Disputes regarding solar panel production in China
The pika
Zanesville, Ohio



A post from Jeffery Polubinski, a second year law student at VLS and a joint-research project student for 2011-2012 with the US-China Partnership for Environmental Law.

The GOP Presidential Primary remains fascinating. And now this…Cain tied with Romney nationally. Thus, until primary filing deadlines start to pass, I’ll stick with my year long prediction: Sarah Palin will run for President and win the GOP nomination. And a rhetorical question: Regardless of what you think of Herman Cain, why do so many not take his campaign seriously?

Steph Tai (Wisconsin Law) has posted her paper The Rise of U.S. Food Sustainability Litigation on SSRN. The Abstract:

This article provides one of the first critical looks at the interface between the values of the sustainable food movement and its rising use of litigation. In particular, it focuses on two growing areas of food sustainability litigation"challenges to CAFOs and challenges to the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the food system"chosen because they involve growing sectors of U.S. agriculture over which members of the sustainable food movement have raised significant concerns.

The article begins by describing the sustainable food movement, including how the movement fits in with factors that sociologists use to characterize social movements, as well as the values seemingly held by the sustainable food movement. The article next provides a brief introduction into CAFOs and GMOs. In doing so, the article explores the types of concerns expressed by the sustainable food movement regarding these issues by examining some popular literature coming out of the sustainable food movement. The article then analyzes CAFO and GMO litigation in the United States arising from the sustainable food movement. In examining this litigation, the article observes how these challenges relate to some of the purported goals of the various sustainable food movements, yet may not fully succeed in advancing some of the broader visions of the movements. The article then explains that the inadequacy of these legal efforts result from particular ways in which existing legal avenues fail to mesh with the values of the food sustainability movements. This article concludes by drawing from studies of other historical movements and argues that the food sustainability movement, if it is to succeed in transforming the U.S. food system, must seek reform not only through substantive changes to agricultural and food policy, but also through the creation of additional legal avenues for its values to be meaningfully expressed.

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