Laurie Beyranevand

Vermont Law and Graduate School

Laurie J. Beyranevand is the Director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems and a Professor at Vermont Law and Graduate School. The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems trains law and policy students to develop real-world solutions for a more sustainable and just food system.

Laurie has published a number of scholarly articles and book chapters that focus on the connections between human health, equity and justice, and the food system. Her work has been cited in petitions to major federal agencies, books, blogs, and articles, and she has been quoted in the New York Times, the Guardian, Politico, Mother Jones, the Christian Science Monitor, Climate Wire, the Washington Post, and E & E Greenwire, among others.

Laurie is an appointed member of the Food and Drug Law Institute and Georgetown Law School’s Food and Drug Law Journal Editorial Advisory Board, a founding member of the Academy of Food Law and Policy, and a member of the executive committee of the Agriculture and Food Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools. 

As a first generation Iranian American with Appalachian roots, diverse food and culture have always been prominent in Laurie’s life symbolizing the power of food in bringing people together.

Presentation (PDF format): Essential but Expendable: The Failure of Preemptive Agency Space to Protect Farmworkers from Dangerous Pesticides