Posts Tagged ‘food’

This week at BLS — watch Food Inc. and join the ELS e-board!

There are two exciting events this week which are sponsored by the Brooklyn Law School Environmental Law Society!

On Thursday, March 24, the Environmental Law Society and the HLPA are co-sponsoring a viewing of Food Inc! The movie will play from 6-8PM in Geraldo’s and food will be served.  Food Inc. is an excellent look into food systems in the US, and raises many provocative questions about sustainability and justice.  Please email if you are planning to attend, so that the appropriate amount of food is ordered.  However, RSVP is not required to attend.

Come to the ELS General Body Meeting on Thursday, March 24 from 1-2 PM! In addition to other agenda items, at the meeting we will hold ELECTIONS for next year’s e-board!  Below are descriptions of positions on the e-board — if you are interested in running, please come to the meeting and prepare a short statement.  We will also discuss a variety of exciting programs and initiatives that will be taking place over the next few months.

President (Schedule and preside over executive board and general body meetings, set the agenda and take minutes for meetings, interface between ELS and other student groups or the administration in event coordination or other matters important to ELS)

Vice President (Fill in for President upon any absence, assist with coordination and scheduling of events, make room reservations for events and meetings)

Treasurer (Attend SBA treasurer training and otherwise interface with SBA on treasury matters, create and submit budget (which requires some late summer work), maintain and update budget throughout the year, furnish event coordinators with reimbursement forms and help them process their reimbursements)

Communications Chairperson (gather information about Enviro Law jobs, events, conferences, and ELS events and send emails to our listserve, create and post flyers for events, collaborate on event planning)

Research/ Intercollegiate Chairperson (Work with student representatives at other schools’ Environmental Law Societies to coordinate on research projects and intercollegiate events, such as potlucks and happy hours)

Chairperson of Natural Resources Committee (coordinate one or two natural resources-focused events per semester, including career panels, educational or informational speakers, movie screenings or outdoors events)

Chairperson of Land Use Committee (coordinate one or two land use-focused events per semester, including career panels, educational or informational speakers, movie screenings or outdoors events)


“Happy Cows Come from California” — Puffery, or Consumer Fraud? 11/11/10

Labeling of animal products, including animal food products and consumer goods, which contain such labels and marketing messages as “humane,” “cage-free,” “free range,” “non-puppy mill,” and “100% faux fur,” which may mislead consumers as to the animal welfare standards of the product bearing such a label.

Thursday, November 11, 2010, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
House of the Association, 42 West 44th Street
This program is free of charge, however registration is necessary.

CHRISTINE L. MOTT, Secretary, Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals
STEFANIE JONES, Member, Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals

CHERYL LEAHY, General Counsel, Compassion Over Killing
ALISON LONGLEY, Campaigns Manager, Farm Sanctuary
JONATHAN R. LOVVORN, Vice President & Chief Counsel, Animal Protection Litigation & Research, Humane Society of the United States
MATT RICE, NYC Campaign Coordinator, Mercy for Animals

Sponsored by:
Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals, Martha Golar

Members of the Association and their guests are all welcome.

Two exciting lunches at BLS this Wednesday

If you are interested in community gardens in New York City or the intersections of food and the law, then there are two interesting lunches happening this week that may interest you.  (And if you are interested in both community gardens and food and the law, then unfortunately, you may have a tough choice.)

The State of Community Gardens, Wednesday (10/20) – 12:30-2PM (in the Subotnick Center)

On Wednesday, the Environmental Law Society and the Sparer Public Interest Law Fellowship Program are presenting The State of Community Gardens.  We will have an opportunity to learn about the history of community gardens in New York, hear about the impact of the recent expiration of the 2002 Community Gardens Agreement, and discuss the future of this unique urban land use.

The speakers include attorneys Christopher Amato of the Department of Environmental Conversation and Christopher Reo of the New York City Law Department, both of whom were actively involved in reaching the 2002 Community Gardens Agreement.

Please rsvp to Lee Miller if you would like to attend.

NLG World Food
Day Panel – Wednesday (10/20) – 1-2 PM (Student Lounge)

Join the National Lawyer’s Guild to learn about the intersections between food and the law.  Speakers will include: Marianne Cufone of Food and Water Watch; Professor Marsha Garrison of Brooklyn Law School; and Joel Kupferman of the New York Environmental Law & Justice Project.

Lunch will be served, but please bring a can of food or a dollar to donate to programs that help to feed the hungry in New York City.

And please sign the petition to end world hunger:

Food Justice — TONIGHT (10/14) at 6PM

Food Justice: A New Social Movement Takes Root – TONIGHT!

In today’s food system, farm workers face hazardous conditions, low-income neighborhoods lack supermarkets but abound in fastfood franchises, and food products are developed to be convenient rather than wholesome. Opposing these inequities and excesses, a movement for food justice has emerged, which seeks to transform our food system from field to table.

Professor Robert Gottlieb, director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College, discusses the increasing disconnect between food and and the rising resistance movement. He is the author of a dozen books, including most recently Food Justice (with Anupama Joshi, MIT Press) and a long-time social/environmental activist and historian of social movements.

Location: Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang Building, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor (enter at 66 West 12th Street)

This event is part of Parsons The New School for Design’s *fantastic* Living Concrete-Carrot City series on trends in urban agriculture. The panel discussions take place every Wednesday evening through December.

A full list of the events is below! Continue reading

Update from today’s ELS meeting

At today’s ELS meeting we:

discussed a possible cold weather boat ride
learned about volunteer opportunities for next semester coordinated by the 1L delegates
celebrated the rad ELS blog
became informed about a new environmental research opportunity
enjoyed delicious hummus and local apples.

Please stay tuned to BLS Connect and the blog for more information about ways to get more involved with the BLS ELS!

Food! Design! Social Change! TONIGHT (10/6/10)!

Food, Design, and Social Change — TONIGHT, 10/6/10, 6:30-8:30PM

How has design thinking – the integration of problem-solving analytical and prototyping methods used by designers and planners – applied to urban agriculture helped to solve critical social problems, from inequitable access to healthy food to the development of social capital within low income communities? Panelists will discuss their radically innovative approaches which range from a farm share business to enable Hunts Point residents to own the land supplying them with fresh produce, to neighborhood farms on asphalt playgrounds and rooftops, to an interconnected community gardening and greenmarket venture in East New York.

Panel: Dennis Derryck, Ian Marvy, Annie Novak, David Vigil, Karen Washington

Moderator: Jerome Chou

Location: The Kellen Gallery, 13th Street and Fifth Avenue:

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 (TONIGHT!), 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Stuck in the library?  This will be streamed live on

Urban agriculture — opportunities and obstacles.

On September 21, from 6-8pm, The New School will host  Urban Agriculture: The Opportunity and Obstacles.

This season’s buzzword, Urban Agriculture, keeps cropping up as many community leaders, start-ups, and increasingly, venture capitalists begin to spread the seeds of this new sustainability solution. Urban Agriculture, the production of food within or on the fringe of cities, is not a new concept. Hear expert representatives from agriculture, finance, government, NGOs and academia who will highlight the opportunities and obstacles for 21st century Urban Agriculture.
$10.00 suggested donation
For more info visit: