The agricultural landscape in the United States appears bleak: gluttonous agri-corporations extract fertility from the soil and labor from workers.
Many studies from Europe, North American, and most recently the tropics, are reporting worrisome insect declines. Even insects that humans care for directly--honeybees, butterflies, and other pollinators--have been suffering their own public health crises. The reduction in bug populations amounts to an excavation at the base of the food web that could unwind ecosystems around the world. Behind the question of what to do about the “insect apocalypse” lurks another challenge--how can entomologists and writers convince people to preserve such alien creatures?
Join LEAP for an online lunch talk with Austin Frerick, deputy director of Yale's Thurman Arnold Project, an interdisciplinary center for antitrust enforcement and competition policy.
Please join the Thurman Arnold Project and the Law, Ethics, & Animals Program for an online lunch talk featuring Peter Carstensen on the topics below. Professor Carstensen is a senior fellow at the American Antitrust Institute, former attorney at the Antitrust Division at the Depatrment of Justice, and professor of law emeritus at the University of Wisconsin--Madison School of Law.
Rampant Covid-19 Infections & AWOL OSHA: Fighting Back Against the Exploitation of America’s Meatpacking Workers
More than 80 percent of frontline meatpacking workers are Black and Brown, more than half are immigrants, and nearly half live in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty line.
Shrinking, Gasping, & Disappearing Fish: How climate change & fishing policy impact marine ecosystems and the bold actions needed to protect ocean health
Beneath the waves, marine ecosystems are suffering. Climate change is making the world’s oceans hotter, more acidic, and less oxygen rich at a time when fish already face warlike industrial overfishing around the globe. Human pressures are causing fisheries to disappear, driving marine animals towards the poles, shrinking the size of fish bodies, fueling cyclones and floods, and shifting currents.
Join the Yale Sustainable Food Program and the Law, Ethics, and Animals Program for a book conversation with Benjamin Wurgaft, author of Meat Planet: Artificial Flesh and the Future of Food. Meat Planet explores the modern quest to generate meat in the lab—a substance sometimes called “cultured meat”—and asks what it means to imagine that this is the fut
Cancelled: "The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court" - A Book Talk by Richard Lazarus
Harvard Law Professor Richard Lazarus will speak about his new book, "The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court" (Harvard University Press, forthcoming March 2020).
Cancelled: "Environmental Injustice: How Animal Agriculture Destroys Disadvantaged Communities" with Marianne Engelman-Lado
Marianne Engelman-Lado joins us to discuss the environmental destruction caused by factory farms, which disproportionately affects marginalized communities across the country. Engelman-Lado joined Earthjustice in 2010 as Chair of the Environmental Health Practice Group, focusing on toxics, pesticides, waste, the health impacts of industrial agriculture, civil rights enforcement, and the effects of environmental contamination on vulnerable and overburdened populations.
Activists and entrepreneurs alike have touted plant-based and cultivated meat alternatives as breakthrough innovations that will solve many of the problems associated with animal agriculture. Good Food Institute’s Annie Osborn joins us to speak about the current market trends, environmental goals, and legal and policy obstacles faced by the cultivated and plant-based food industry.