Publications and Talks

Faculty, Student & Affiliate Publications

CAFE Law and Policy Lab Student Reports

Challenging PA CAFO

Challenging Pennsylvania’s CAFO Immunity Law

By Simon Engler, Tim Ibbotson-Sindelar, Angus McLean, and Lexi Smith

CAFO immunity laws, or “right-to-farm laws,” are statutes that prevent plaintiffs from seeking redress in court for some of the health and environmental harms caused by industrial animal agriculture. This paper proposes a novel litigation strategy to overturn or curtail Pennsylvania’s CAFO immunity law.

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Farm Fairness Act: Regulating Liberty, Transparency, and Fairness for Poultry Farmers

By Jeamme Chia, Zoe Novic, Kathryn Pogin, and Aaron Troncoso

While attempts to improve contractual fairness stalled federally, the 2010 GIPSA rule provided a number of substantive protections to poultry growers that could be provided by state legislatures. This report identifies four key areas of reform potentially replicable through state law, and proposes that these reforms be introduced in the state of Virginia.

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The Illinois Pilot Project: A New Model for State-Level Food Procurement Legislation

By Tony Cisneros, Brooke Dekolf, Chris Ewell, Hannah Gross, and Kristen Wraithwall

State-level food procurement policies are a powerful and often overlooked tool for advancing public interests. This report describes how Illinois state could improve their food procurement policies to more effectively prioritize and purchase ethical, equitable and environmentally sustainable food options.

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Let’s Talk About Biogas … Even If We Think It Stinks

By Alexander Weiss, Caroline Parker, Hope Bidga-Peyton, Kara Hoving, and Matthew Burnett

State support for anaerobic digester technology is growing rapidly. This technology, which is rarely profitable without government support, promises to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from intensive livestock agriculture, and reduce some associated public health and environmental damages -- but it could also exacerbate harms. This report describes the tools that policymakers can use to mitigate the negative impacts of anaerobic digester legislation to ensure that benefits of the technology are not offset by an expansion of intensive livestock production.

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Farm Animals to Plant: Financing Farm Transitions Through Carbon Markets

By Liam Gunn, Christina Ospina, Colin Peterson, and Manny Rutinel

In recent years, carbon markets have emerged as a promising strategy to help governments and businesses limit greenhouse gas emissions and incentivize better practices. In conjunction with the carbon market, carbon offset programs enable companies to diminish their net contribution to greenhouse gases. This paper proposes leveraging carbon offset protocols to finance sustainable farming transitions.

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Safe Slaughter: A Multi-Phase Strategy to Improve Worker Safety in Meatpacking Plants Through Information, Certification & Regulation

By Caroline Grueskin, Rory Jacobsen, Tony Mazza, and Rebecca McLean

Decades of industry consolidation, de-unionization, and exploitation of immigrant workers has resulted in unsafe work conditions for the half a million people employed in U.S. meat and poultry processing plants. This report proposes that increased public awareness, a worker-safety certification for meat productions, and state-level regulatory reform could together improve worker safety.

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Federal Food Procurement

By Henry Elliman, Yihui Chen, Katherine Kornman, and Mallika Talwar

Certain foods are major drivers of global greenhouse gas emissions, and with billions of dollars spent on food annually, the federal government prominently shapes the food industry. This report outlines an executive order that directs government agencies to use their purchasing power to promote regenerative agriculture and climate-friendly food.

The cover for a Spring 2021 CAFE Law and Policy Lab report titled, "Building a Better Food System to Advance Justice and Sustainability."

Building a Better Food System to Advance Justice and Sustainability: Subsidies, Land Grant Universities, and Farmer-Scientist Matching Programs

By Jenn Burka, Emily Judson, Humna Sharif, and Cristiana Wurzer

The United States's land-grant university system provides a powerful way to advance research in sustainable agriculture. This paper details how states can use subsidies to enact structural changes to the food system through research funding to these institutions.

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The Connecticut Farm-to-School Cooperative

By Ryan Clemens, Amanda Martinez, and Walker Cammack

In recent years, Connecticut has built momentum and support for real action in the farm-to-school movement. This report outlines a four-phase game plan to consolidate the buying power of public schools, allow small farmers to flourish, and to promote a healthier and more ethical approach to feeding school children.

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Food Is Medicine: Advancing Produce Prescriptions at the State Level

By Corey Baron, Elaine M. Louden, and Evelyn Pan

Produce prescriptions help patients with diet-related illnesses buy fruits and vegetables. These sorts of programs measurably improve health outcomes but are chronically underfunded. This paper proposes expanding access to produce prescriptions by modifying state-level public health insurance plans.


Recent Talks & Podcast Appearances

  • Jonathan Lovvorn, featured guest on The Dispatch's podcast Advisory Opinions episode to discuss the Supreme Court case regarding Proposition 12 with Humane Society of the United States Vice President for Farm Animal Protection Josh Balk, October 13, 2022.
  • Doug Kysar, featured guest on Life on the Ark podcast, Part 5 "Rebuilding the Ark" and Part 8 "Prince Sattva and the Hungry Tiger," November 3 and December 19, 2022.
  • Daina Bray, "The CDC's Dog Import Ban: Legal Issues and Next Steps to Protect the Public, Animals, and International Rescue Efforts," American Bar Association, December 6, 2021.
  • Daina Bray and Jonathan Lovvorn, "The Climate Cost of Big Ag and Big Food," NYU, November 18, 2021.
  • Daina Bray, "Bar None: The American Bar Association's Role in Expanding Justice for Animals," 29th Annual Animal Law Conference, October 17, 2021.
  • Doug Kysar and Jonathan Lovvorn, "Animal Welfare & Climate Change, Explained," Yale, April 20, 2021.
  • Doug Kysar, "Unimaginable: Hope and Duty in the Anthropocene," NYU, March 26, 2021.
  • Viveca Morris, "How Climate Change Impacts Farm Animal Welfare," American University, March 18, 2021. 
  • Jonathan Lovvorn, Innovating in a Climate Crisis: Issues Relating to Food Policy, Safety, and Ecosystem Market Tools, Lewis & Clark Law School, March 13, 2021.
  • Doug Kysar, The Grande-Synthe Decision: A Conversation about National Climate Commitments, Accountability, and the Role of Courts, Yale Law School, February 24, 2021.
  • Doug Kysar, "Facing the Anthropocene" Series, The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, February 11, 2021.
  • Doug Kysar, It's Later Than We Think: Climate Change and the Coming Transformation, Yale School of Management, November 20, 2020.
  • Jon Lovvorn, Animals Affected by Climate Change, Animals Climate & Health Webinar Series, November 20, 2020.
  • Doug Kysar, Science and Democracy Seminar, Harvard University Center for the Environment, November 10, 2020.
  • Doug Kysar, Virtual Book Launch: Climate Change Litigation in the Asia Pacific, National University of Singapore, October 28, 2020.
  • Jon Lovvorn, Food Policy and Purchasing Innovation in a Climate Crisis, Animal Law Conference, October 25, 2020.
  • Jon Lovvorn, The Sustainability Myth--Tackling the Climate, Animal Welfare, Food Security, & Environmental Costs of Agriculture, Forward Food Conference, October 16, 2020.
  • Viveca Morris, "Pandemics Show What We're Doing to Animals and the Planet is Killing Us Too." Lectures for Yale Young Global Scholars Program, July 2020.
  • Jonathan Lovvorn, Animal Rights Law: For or Against—an Interview with Jonathan LovvornCambridge Center for Animal Rights Law, June 2020.
  • Doug Kysar, "Sustainability in the Post-Covid Economy," panelist, Center for Business & the Environment at Yale, May 15, 2020.
  • Doug Kysar, "Charles A. Reich - A Commemoration of His Life and Legacy," Tuoro Law Center, January 30, 2020.
  • Doug Kysar, featured guest on Yale Environmental Dialogue podcast episode, "Protecting the Rights of Kids," December 16, 2019.
  • Doug Kysar, featured guest on the podcast "Energy Tradeoffs," December 9, 2019.
  • Doug Kysar and Jon Lovvorn, featured guests on the podcast "When We Talk About Animals," November 19, 2019.
  • Viveca Morris, "Impacts of USDA's Increased Pork and Poultry Linespeeds," panel moderator, Government Accountability Project's Food Integrity Campaign Conference, November 15, 2019.
  • Doug Kysar, Climate Change and Legal Education, "Amicus Brief" talk at Yale Law School Alumni Weekend, October 18, 2019.
  • Jonathan Lovvorn, Canaries in the Coal Mine: Animals, the Climate Crisis, and the Future of Public Interest Law, Yale Law School, October 8, 2019.
  • Jonathan Lovvorn, Animal Ethics, Climate Policy, Consumer Demand, Alternative Protein Technology, and the Future of the American Industrial Animal Agriculture Model, International Symposium on Farm Animal Welfare Science and Human Obligations (keynote), Griffith University, August 19, 2019.
  • Doug Kysar, Counterfactual Carbon and the Neoliberal Imagination, Multiple Carbons: Workshop, Harvard University, April 6, 2019.
  • Doug Kysar, Animals and Climate Change, Natural Resources and Conservation Management Conference, University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Oklahoma, April 5, 2019.
  • Doug Kysar, Panelist, Fire and Ice: The Shifting Narrative of Climate Change, University of California-Irvine, Irvine, California, February 9, 2019.
  • Jonathan Lovvorn, featured guest on Our Hen House Podcast: The Cases That Saved the Sales Bans, January 30, 2019.
  • Jonathan Lovvorn, Climate Change and Animals, Harvard Law School, 2018 (video below).
  • Jonathan Lovvorn, featured guest on Our Hen House Podcast: The Case Against Factory Farm Air Pollution, July 26, 2017.
  • Doug Kysar, Are ‘They’ ‘We’?, Animal Law and Environmental Law: Building Collaboration, Yale Law School, November 5, 2016.
  • Doug Kysar, Living with Owning: Property, Community, and the Zanesville, Ohio Animal Massacre, Harris Lecture, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, April 6, 2016 (video below).