The Leading Edge

Vol. 28 No. 2

Laurie Ristino is the Director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems and an associate professor of law at the Vermont Law School. The views expressed in this column are solely the author’s own.

I can’t stand people who don’t take food seriously.

—Oscar Wilde

It seems everywhere one goes these days, people are talking food. Even law schools have embraced the new food movement, offering courses on food law with a handful establishing centers relating food and agriculture (disclaimer: I happen to lead one of these). Just a few years ago, the trend was to develop climate change courses and centers. One could chalk up the explosion in interest to fad and fashion. This would be a mistake. There is nothing more basic than food, except perhaps air and water. Of course, those topics have long been taught at law school. So, it is high time food and agriculture have their due.

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