Food Resiliency Project

The Food Resiliency Project addresses key environmental and policy issues relating to all stages of the food system, including production, transportation, packaging, and consumption. These issues are examined through both a local and a transnational perspective. Local resilience to natural disaster and climate change is a key theme driving communities to develop self-sufficiency in their food systems. Important issues include patents related to modified seeds, land use reform to promote urban and household food production, use of public parks and spaces as “foodscapes,” use of conservation easements to secure urban farms, impacts from genetic modification of food and genetic pollution, transition from pesticides and herbicides, legal incentives to promote carbon sequestration in farming practices, global food trade, and international frameworks to ensure food sovereignty, security, and justice, among many more.

Recent Publications


FRP Fellows

Lisa Millstein - 2L- Bowerman Fellow

Lisa was born and raised in San Mateo California. Lisa developed a passion for protecting the environment after experiencing a historic drought that lasted through her entire high school experience. She then attended the University of Oregon and in 2019 Lisa received her B.S. in environmental studies and geography with a minor in food studies. During this time, she shaped a passion for developing better food systems and food security. After graduating she worked for the City of Eugene Parks and Recreation helping provide resources to underserved families. In the course of her first year of law school, Lisa served as a 1L representative for Land Air Water and helped plan the 2021 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. Lisa will be serving as a Conference Co- Director for 2022 PIELC during her second year of law school. This summer she was a research assistant for Professor Jennifer Reynolds and worked for the Oregon Law Student Public Interest Fund as a fundraising assistant. 

Katie Moreland- 3L- Bowerman Fellow

Katie was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She attended Oregon State University, where she majored in Cultural Anthropology, minored in Chinese Language and Culture, and earned a Food in Culture and Social Justice certificate. In these studies, Katie learned about the complexities of our global food system and its many injustices, particularly towards people of color and those living in low-income communities. Katie chose to attend the University of Oregon to pursue a law degree and a master’s degree in Conflict & Dispute Resolution. She hopes to use her law & conflict resolution studies to help transform our food system and aid underserved communities in agricultural land acquisition and retention. Outside of school, Katie loves to read, eat, and hang out with her friends and family. This summer, she was a Summer Honors Intern at Vermont Law School's Center for Agriculture and Food Systems. 

Alexander Musicant - Bowerman Fellow