Interest in the food we eat and how it is produced, distributed, and consumed has grown tremendously in the last few years. Consumers are exchanging highly processed, genetically engineered, chemical-laden, and pesticide-contaminated food often associated with big agribusinesses for fresh produce grown using organic methods. The growth of farmers markets from 1,755 in 1994 to more than 8,200 in 2014, in both urban and rural areas, is just one indication that consumers are interested in knowing who produced their food and how the food was produced.
This book addresses the importance of creating food systems that are sustainable by bringing together a number of experts in the fields of law, economics, nutrition, and social sciences, as well as farmers and advocates. These experts share their perspectives on some of the pressing issues related to sustainable food systems and offer solutions for achieving healthy, sustainable, and equitable food systems in the future.
About the author
Sarah J. Morath is a clinical associate professor at the University of Houston Law Center. Before joining the Law Center in 2016, Sarah was an associate professor at the University of Akron School of Law for six years, where she taught legal writing, environmental law, and animal law. She earned her J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law in 2007; an M.E.S. in Environmental Studies from Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, in 2000; and a B.A. in Geology in 1998 from Vassar College, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Professor Morath clerked for Chief Judge John A. Woodcock Jr., of the U.S. District Court, District of Maine; Justice Andrew M. Mead, Maine Supreme Judicial Court; and four justices of the Maine Superior Judicial Court. Her research interests include environmental and natural resources law, food law policy, and legal writing pedagogy, and her articles have appeared in the Oregon Law Review, Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum, and Natural Resources Journal. She is active in the legal writing community, regularly contributing to The Second Draft, Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing, and The Law Teacher, and she is an assistant editor for Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute. From Farm to Fork: Perspectives on Sustainable Food Systems in the Twenty-First Century is Professor Morath’s first book.