Carrie Apfel

Deputy Managing Attorney Sustainable Food & Farming Program


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Carrie Apfel is the deputy managing attorney of the Sustainable Food and Farming Program. She is based in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining Earthjustice, Carrie was a litigation partner at Jenner & Block. One of the more notable cases she worked on was a class action on behalf of Native American farmers and ranchers challenging discrimination in USDA’s farm loan program. The team won an enormous, and unprecedented, settlement for her clients. She also maintained a very active pro bono docket at Jenner. Prior to joining Jenner, Carrie clerked on the Fourth Circuit, and graduated from University of Virginia Law School and Duke University, both with many honors. She also worked for several years at women’s advocacy organizations in DC.

When she is not busy practicing law, Carrie enjoys spending time with her family, running long distances, watching Duke basketball and Nationals baseball, cooking and reading.

The Latest from Carrie Apfel

November 29, 2023

Feds Can Fight Climate Change by Buying the Right Food

President Biden’s new directive is an exciting opportunity to leverage the federal government’s tremendous purchasing power to help curb dangerous climate change. It is imperative that food procurement be included.
Iowa Climate Farming
September 28, 2023

Debunking Myths: The Real Impact of the Inflation Reduction Act on Farmers

Senator Stabenow isn’t budging on protecting IRA funding for climate & agriculture programs; and neither are we.
Cows at a factory farm.
December 22, 2022

It’s Time to Put an End to Industrial Agriculture’s Relentless Pursuit of Secrecy

Big agriculture is one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and yet several bills have been introduced to hide the industry's pollution.

August 17, 2022

Cut the Crap: The Need to Do More to Address Agricultural Methane Emissions

Agriculture produces more methane than the U.S. oil and gas sector, a heat-trapping greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide

August 17, 2022

Inflation Reduction Act Shows Congress — At Last — Understands Agriculture’s Contribution To Climate Change And The Opportunities To Reduce It

This groundbreaking law provides approximately $20 billion over four years to support agricultural practices that will reduce net greenhouse gas emissions or increase carbon sequestration.

A corn field in California.
April 15, 2022

Biofuels: Why Growing Food for Fuel is a Foolish Choice

Studies show that an increase in biofuels produced from food crops is more reckless than renewable.
January 22, 2021

In the News: Investigate Midwest

Biden administration reviews Trump regulatory rollbacks likely to harm farmworkers

“This shows the new administration is considering health and safety, which was pretty much ignored for the last four years.”
Wild American buffalo graze in the grasslands of South Dakota.
December 13, 2018

Renewable Fuels — When a Promising Climate Solution Becomes a Climate Threat

It is time to ensure that only land with minimal climate and environmental impacts is used to grow biofuel crops.
The words “artificial flavor” on the ingredient labels of sodas and other processed foods can refer to chemicals that are known to cause cancer in animals.
October 9, 2018

FDA Rules Food Manufacturers Can’t Flavor Products With Cancer-Causing Chemicals

Earthjustice argued that the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act required the FDA to withdraw its approval of seven synthetic chemicals used in many processed foods and beverages.