Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Food Recovery Act and our Faculty, Nicole Civita

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree's recently announced her proposal for the federal Food Recovery Act. This important new legislation would help to reduce wasted food and promote food recovery at the farm, retail, restaurant, institution, and consumer levels.

The LL.M. Program has been at the forefront of food recovery efforts since the inception of our Food Recovery Project in 2012.  The publication of Food Recovery: A Legal Guide brought national recognition to our efforts.

So when Congresswoman Pelligree took on this important issue, it should be no surprise that our faculty was there, working behind the scenes to assist her. Nicole Civita, Director of our Food Recovery Project and the author of the Legal Guide was instrumental in helping define the issue and craft the proposed remedies. Congresswoman Pelligree's office thanked Nicole for her help, stating that her "expertise and research were invaluable."

 The introduction of the Food Recovery Act brings the critical issue of food waste to Washington. We appreciate Nicole's contribution to that effort. Her leadership in this area is an important asset to our Program and to the future of our food system.

In addition to serving as the Director of our Food Recovery Project, Nicole teaches Urban Agriculture and Food Justice Law & Policy in the LL.M. Program. She also serves on the faculty of Sterling College in Vermont and as the Assistant Director of the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems at Sterling.

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