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Food Security: Concept, Challenges, and the Role of Attorneys

July 2015

Citation: 45 ELR 10659

Issue: 7

Author: Laurie Ristino

Feeding a growing global population, estimated to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, in a changing climate without destroying our environment is one of humanity’s greatest challenges. Environmental advocates have a central role in addressing this challenge. This Comment provides a brief overview of the concept of food security, starting with its foundation in the internationally recognized right to food. After providing the legal framework, the Comment describes the meta challenges to global food security, with a particular focus on the environment and the role of legal practitioners.

Laurie Ristino is Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School.

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