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

Emily Cunningham - 3L- Bowerman Fellow

Emily grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. She earned her bachelor’s in Spanish Language from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After graduation, she worked to address food insecurity in her community as an outreach activist, particularly providing services to undocumented communities. Later, Emily moved to Santa Marta, Colombia where she taught English through a fellowship with the Colombian Ministry of Education. Emily’s interest in joining the Food Resiliency Project stemmed from her 1L summer work with the Legal Aid Farmer Worker’s Program in Woodburn, Oregon, where she engaged with the complex intersection of labor law and agricultural production systems. When she’s not legal observing for the National Lawyer’s Guild, Emily can be found reading Kurt Vonnegut or walking her dog, Big Ron. 

Nicholas Kahmann- 2L- Bowerman Fellow

Nick was born and raised in Western Missouri and attended the University of Arkansas where he majored in history, political science, and Middle East Studies. Nick’s family farmed in the United States for decades and utilized regenerative techniques which serves the foundation of Nick’s environmental values. Nick is interested in anti-trust, crop patents, production contracts, and international trade, and their impacts on American and international agriculture. Outside of school Nick continues to study history and loves to hunt and fish when time permits.