Friday, December 16, 2016

Professor Schneider to present at AALS - Farmland Tenure: Who Owns the Global Food System

An invitation from Professor Schneider...

Please join me at the Agricultural & Food Law Section program at the American Association of Law School's (AALS) annual meeting in San Francisco. Our session is scheduled for Friday, January 6, 2017 from 1:30 - 3:15.

Farmland Tenure: Who Owns the Global Food System

Farmland is uniquely tied to food security. It is this land, and the soil that it is made up of, that truly feeds the world. Farmland also, however, sustains local rural communities, is a source of political power, and is intractably tied to the rural economy of a nation. As we begin to feel the effects of global climate change, the value of farmland has increased, and many new investment strategies have arisen. How will the food system, local economies, and environment be impacted? This session explores how farmland tenure affects food security, natural resource consumption, environmental sustainability, rural livelihoods, and political power. An introduction to global land tenure trends will be provided, followed by presentations that target three discreet perspectives: U.S. farmland tenure in a generational transition, land tenure struggles in developing nations, and complex land tenure issues that arise on U.S. tribal lands.

Our speakers and their tentative topics will be:

Neil Hamilton, Drake Law School (Overview of US land tenure issues; implications);

Jessica Shoemaker, University of Nebraska College of Law (overview of special land tenure issues in Indian Country);

Frédéric Mousseau, The Oakland Institute (presentation on Oakland Institute perspectives, initiative)

Uche Ewelukwa, University of Arkansas School of Law (perspectives on international land tenure issues).

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