Growing Our Local Food Economy

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Conservation Matters Spring 2015: Year in Review

Defending Our Climate: Massachusetts Youth Take Action on Climate Change… Stormwater Challenge: One Family’s Fight to Hold Polluters Accountable… Our Fisheries Future: A Lifelong Fisherman’s View… A Leg Up for Local Food: Legal Services Food Hub Lends a Hand to Farmers and Food Businesses… Building Healthy Communities One Neighborhood at a Time

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CLF’s Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014
by Conservation Law Foundation

It’s been a great year for Conservation Law Foundation — and a great year on CLF Scoop. We’ve had lots of great posts by our advocates and volunteers. Here are our readers’ most read posts for 2014. Documents Reveal Governors’ Gas and Hydropower Plan Shaped by Industry and Incomplete Analysis Jun 24, 2014 by Christophe…

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Starting a Business Just Got Easier
by Ben Tettlebaum

Sooner or later, if you’re thinking of starting a business, you’ll need to decide what form it should take. Do you want to start a for-profit? A nonprofit? A cooperative? Wonder if an S Corp might be a better choice than a C Corp? Is a B Corp right for you? What’s the difference between…

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CLF’s Pro Bono Legal Services Food Hub Helps Boston Food Entrepreneurs
by Molly Norton

Earlier this year, two young Boston entrepreneurs were in the thick of starting a food business. Their idea was to start a food truck in low-income Boston neighborhoods where they would cook and serve on-the-go meals made with ingredients sourced from local farms. Through this venture, the duo aimed to increase access to healthy, affordable,…

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Federal Law Will Determine What You Eat
by Ben Tettlebaum

Since the founding of the United States, law and policy (or sometimes the lack of either) have shaped what we eat. To most of us — food consumers — changes that law and policy bring to our food system are subtle. We may realize our favorite drinks now have high-fructose corn syrup but not connect that…

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How to Choose a Business Structure: A Decision Guide

While it does not replace good legal counsel, this Guide sets a framework to help entrepreneurs understand how different business structures can impact their criteria and goals. Though we initially intended to create a guide specifically for local food enterprises, the information and themes proved to be universal, and so we offer this industry agnostic guide.

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The Holidays Come Early? FDA Revises Draft Food Safety Rules
by Ben Tettlebaum

CLF, sustainable agriculture organizations, and farmers and food businesses across the country can finally open the gift FDA presented just before the holidays last year. As explained, thanks to tens of thousands of comments, FDA announced last December that it would revise the most onerous provisions of two Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules — the…