Ms. Ramya Ravishankar, with bright eyes and a big smile
Ms. Ramya Ravishankar, Associate General Counsel at Bowery Farming

An often overlooked factor in the climate crisis is the role of agriculture, now done at vast commercial scales, with hidden costs (“externalities”—your economics terms of the day).  How can we re-imagine our agriculture practices for a sustainable future?  This talk will focus on some of the key environmental and social externalities of traditional agriculture and how advances in agriculture technology and more robust food policy can address some of these issues.

Growing a Movement:Agriculture Technology and Food Policy
as Tools in the Fight Against Climate Change

Speaker:  Ms. Ramya Ravishankar, Associate General Counsel at Bowery Farming
Thursday, April 22nd (Earth Day!)
12:30pm to 1:30pm PT
Online via Zoom (link below)
Free, Open to the Public

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About the Speaker

Ramya is Associate General Counsel at Bowery Farming, a New York-based startup that is revolutionizing the way food is grown by cultivating crops, without soil, vertically, and indoors. She started this role—in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic—because she is passionate about access to food and combating climate change through innovation. Before this, she spent many years at in the New York office of Skadden Arps, where she worked on regulatory enforcement and immigration matters. She received a Bachelor of Science (Honors) at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where she was a Chancellor’s Scholar, a Masters of Science from the University of Oxford, where she was a Clarendon Scholar, and a J.D. at Columbia Law School in New York, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. She has also worked for the Burmese non-profit law firm, Justice for All, as well as the International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch and the Legal Aid Society of New York.  

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