Webinar: Repurposing Food, Reducing Risk

Thursday January 12, 2017
1:00- 2:00 PM EST

Repurposing Food, Reducing Risk: Legal & Practical Dimensions of Putting Excess Food to its Highest & Best Use

Organized by the CFN Food Waste & Recovery Work Group
Resource Expert

Nicole Civita, Food Recovery Project & University of Arkansas School of Law LLM Program in Agricultural & Food Law

Overview

This webinar focuses on the federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, which exempts those who make good faith donations of food and grocery products from liability for negligently caused harm arising from the consumption of properly donated food. 

Food recovery – diverting unused and unsalable food from the waste stream and donating it for higher and better uses – is a straightforward way to address the fundamentally irreconcilable problems of food waste and food insecurity. With a bit of education about the law and a few tips about operational strategy, wholesome excess food can safely, sustainably, and responsibly be rescued from its wasteful and shameful fate in the landfill. Learn how to design a comprehensive food conservation program that helps feed hungry community members, recaptures precious resources, contributes to the production of new food, and nourishes the soil, all while reducing costs and proving access valuable federal and state tax benefits.

Many food businesses hesitate to implement the food conservation practices because they erroneously believe them to be fraught with legal, practical, and reputational risks. Fortunately, there are robust, easy to understand, and consistent laws designed to reduce food waste and facilitate food recovery across the United States.  During this webinar we focus on the federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, which exempts those who make good faith donations of food and grocery products to non-profit organizations that feed the hungry from liability for negligently caused harm arising from the consumption of properly donated food.  We will also cover best practices for implementing food conservation programs and building productive, collaborative relationships among food donors, recipients and regulators. Depending on attendee interest, we will also touch on related topics, such as state good samaritan acts, the legal significance of food product dating, tax incentives, the proposed federal Food Recovery Act and action opportunities.

Nicole Civita is the Director of the Food Recovery Project and an Affiliated Professor with the University of Arkansas School of Law’s LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law.  The Food Recovery Project educates stakeholders on the legal dimensions of food recovery and proposes strategic policy reforms.  Nicole is also the Assistant Director of the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems and Faculty in Sustainable Food Systems at Sterling College. Using a multidisciplinary approach that bridges legal expertise with hands-in-the-soil agricultural practice, Nicole’s academic work focuses on developing full-scope policy solutions to the challenges facing our food system; she inspires her students to create the food-future they wish to see by doing the same.  Nicole is a frequent speaker on the subjects of food conservation, food justice, community food security, planning for place-based food, and the power and limits of a market-based food movement. She holds an LL.M. in agricultural and food law from the University of Arkansas School of Law, a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, and an AB from Columbia University.
Recommended Pre-Webinar Reading