FOOD FOR THOUGHT: THE IMPACT OF FOOD CHOICES IN A CHANGING CLIMATE.

AuthorLogan, Heidi
PositionSYMPOSIUM

Approximately eleven million tons of food are consumed globally every minute. And yet, the effects of agriculture are often given little thought. This year, Lewis & Clark Law School's Annual Environmental Symposium Issue focuses on how food choices, ranging from agricultural operations to federal regulation, impact the environment.

Josie Moberg explores how Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) are inadequately regulated at the state and federal level. Focusing on Oregon specifically, the author explains why past regulation of CAFOs has failed. The author concludes that remedying the environmental justice issues caused by CAFOS requires better regulation of CAFO emissions. The Clean Air Act and Oregon state legislation provide the best vehicle to accomplish this objective.

Shanna McCormack discusses the relationship between animal agricultural emissions and climate change. She explores this relationship by examining the effects of climate change on a region-by-region basis, analyzing the consequences of climate change on farmed animals. The author explains how federal law and policy protect animal agricultural operations from regulation, exacerbating the environmental harm that animal agriculture causes. The Article ends by exploring how removal of these protections might reduce the impact animal agriculture has on climate change.

George Kimbrell, Sylvia Wu, and Audrey Leonard analyze the harmful effects that agricultural use of pesticides causes the environment. Using a case brought by Center for Food Safety, National Family Farm Coalition v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 960 F.3d 1120 (9th Cir. 2020), (NFFC) the authors highlight how pesticides wreak havoc wherever the wind blows. Plaintiffs in the case challenged...

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