Food Resiliency Project

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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.


Michael Fakhri
Mary Wood

FRP Fellows

Zoe Grant - 3L- Bowerman Fellow

Originally from Arlington Heights, Illinois, Zoe received her Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her interest in environmental policy and community engagement quickly drew her out of the lab and inspired her to apply to law school. Zoe will also serve as Co-President of the National Food Law Student Network (FLSN), which hosts an annual Food Law Leadership Summit with Harvard Law's Food Law & Policy Center. She has thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with law students from all corners of the country interested in shaping the future of food policy and hopes her work with FLSN will provide outlets for more students to become involved in this niche but crucial practice area. Zoe is also the current Operations and Articles Editor of the Journal of Environmental Law & Litigation (JELL).

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Amy Hoover - 2L- Bowerman Fellow

Amy grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts. She earned a bachelor’s in biology with a focus on neurobiology from Yale University, then promptly turned her focus to food systems. Amy spent six years working in nonprofits at the intersection of food and social justice. After working as a community organizer, restaurant cook/intern wrangler, and grant writer, Amy now engages with food systems from a legal perspective. Her work with the Food Resiliency Project has addressed the power of trust, regulation, and consumer choice in food markets. With the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic in summer 2018, Amy worked on farm bill and cottage food law analysis. Most Saturdays, Amy can be found shopping at the Corvallis Farmers' Market with her husband and making too-many-course meal.

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 Madeline Lorang- 1L- Dean's Distinguished Environmental Law Fellow

Madeline is from the small town of Bigfork in northwest Montana. She spent her summers working on the family cherry orchard before leaving to attend college in New York. Madeline earned her degree in Geography and Citizenship and Civic Engagement from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. She credits her time in the orchard and childhood spent in Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake with sparking her passion for food and the environment. In her free time, Madeline enjoys shopping at farmer’s markets, stocking up on flowers from Trader Joe’s, and trying new recipes. 

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Clare Regenstreif- 1L- Dean's Distinguished Environmental Law Fellow

Claire grew up in Portland, Oregon and studied government and French at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She worked in Washington, DC as a political media analyst for two years before returning to Portland to work as a paralegal. Claire is interested in environmental law, particularly regarding agriculture. She is interested in learning more about the effects of agricultural law and policy on local communities and animals.

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