What's Next for Food and Water: New Legal and Policy Insights on Climate, Migration & Sustainability
Join your fellow HLSA-NYC and HLSWA-NY members for a discussion of the rapidly-changing law and regulatory landscape for food and water, hosted by Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019, 6:30-8:30 pm
Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC
885 Third Avenue, 20th Floor (cross street is 53rd Street)
New York, New York 10022
Food and water are emerging as key legal issues in the 21st century. Water is an increasingly scarce resource, and it is a major peace and security factor of the 21st century, as seen from the recent developments in UN Security Council and the European Union. Water impacts relations between nations, is an under-recognized factor in migration patterns, and is used as a weapon of war by both states and non-state actors like ISIS. The World Economic Forum has listed ‘water crises’ among the top five global risks for the last seven years. Food policy (including industrial agriculture or "Big Ag," and increasing meat and dairy consumption worldwide) impacts climate change. As a result, meat and dairy alternatives are becoming increasingly common. And there's a growing legal battle surrounding these foods. Lawyers are creating new frameworks for analyzing, and for negotiating about, these issues.
Alene Anello is a Litigation Fellow at the Animal Legal Defense Fund, where she brings cases to protect animals. This includes defending the rights of animal-friendly food companies to label their products accurately.
Alicia Rodriguez is the founder of The Land and Sea Institute, a think tank dedicated to climate change mitigation and decreasing global food insecurity.
Diana Philip works on public international law and track-two diplomacy issues with Strategic Foresight Group, a foreign policy organization which pioneered the use of water for resolving and preventing conflicts between nations.