The Culinaria Center for Food Law, Policy, and Culture is a policy institute focused on supporting, developing, and promoting substantive strategies using agile solutions and practical approaches to foster a food system beneficial to producers, consumers, and the environment. Through legal research and policy analysis, Culinaria Center reviews and addresses a wide range of local, national, and global food policy topics and issues and seeks solutions in support of a food system that is integral to improved health outcomes, sustainable environmental goals, and real community development.
Environmental Law & Policy
The people often most impacted by environmental law and policy are generally excluded from systems of power and decision-making. Stakeholders who have the capacity to make the decisions are removed from the consequences and ramifications of their decisions. Non-profits (i.e. 501c3s) often feel as if they can’t implement their advocacy platforms without jeopardizing their tax status.
Culinaria Center is a member-based advocacy group that seeks to change that narrative.
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Culinaria will do this by educating community members on issues that affect them and their families using accessible language and engaging them in the design process of policy. Through a series of convenings, the community members, grassroots organizations, and advocates will define a policy solution that they feel will work for their community, families, and children. Then Culinaria writes the policy and/or legislation thereby filling the gap between existing non-profits and lawmakers to actually affect sustainable change from within.
Culinaria Center is collaborating with public health scientists to establish whether there are linkages between lead and heavy metals in the soil and drinking water resources. This flagship project will use existing and newly collected samples to identify contamination status and its impacts both independently and on the food system. Improved knowledge and understanding is the foundation community members, farmers, gardeners, and policymakers will stand on to craft enduring solutions and right environmental injustices.
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