Food Law & Policy

Smarter Strategies To Reduce School Food Waste

Written by Juliana Cohen, Assistant Professor, Merrimack College; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, and Emily Broad Leib, Director of the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic. Originally published by The Huffington Post on August 15, 2016.   The start of the school year is around the corner, and over 30 million children will […]

The Food Is Medicine Advocacy Toolkit: Using Advocacy to Expand Opportunities for Food and Nutrition Services in Public and Private Healthcare Systems

Webinar – The Food Is Medicine Advocacy Toolkit: Using Advocacy to Expand Opportunities for Food and Nutrition Services in Public and Private Healthcare Systems Time and Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2:00-3:30 pm EST Presenters:  Sarah Downer, Clinical Instructor, The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School Karen Pearl, President & CEO, God’s […]

CHLPI and FLPC Welcome New Team Members, Caitlin McCormick-Brault and Lee Miller

The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) and the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) are happy to welcome new team members. Cailtin McCormick-Brault joins CHLPI as Associate Director and Clinical Instructor, and Lee Miller joins FLPC as a Clinic Fellow. Read more about the new staff below.   Caitlin McCormick-Brault is […]

FLPC Director Quoted in Nova Article on Food Date Labels

An August 10, 2016 article from PBS’ Nova Next examines commonly misunderstood food date labels. “Why Food Date Labels Don’t Mean What You Think,” by Kelsey Houston-Edwards, looks at common misconceptions held by consumers about labels such as “best by” and “expires on” and proposed legislation to standardize labels.   Excerpt from article: “But there’s rarely reason […]

FLPC Director Quoted in Article in ArkansasOnline on Food Date Labeling

On August 7, 2016, ArkansasOnline published a story on Wal-Mart’s new efforts to reduce food waste, entitled “Wal-Mart updates ‘best by’ labeling.” The article, written by Robbie Neiswanger, lauds the corporation’s decision to simplify food date labels down from the 47 variations seen on their shelves to just “Best if used by.” The article also […]

FLPC, in partnership with the Food Recovery Project, Launches “Leftovers for Livestock: A Legal Guide for Using Excess Food as Animal Feed”

In the United States, approximately 63 million tons of food is wasted every year. The natural resources used to produce that food, including water, fertilizer, and land, are also lost as a consequence of this alarming amount of waste. Furthermore, this wasted food typically ends up in landfills where, as it breaks down, it leads […]

FLPC Director Quoted in Huffington Post on Food Waste Solutions in Europe

The August 4, 2016 article “Europe Does Something Amazing With Food That Has Nothing To Do With Eating,” written by Casey Williams, urged the United States to follow Italy’s example and pass legislation to reduce food waste. The Italian government recently passed legislation to reduce the country’s food waste. The new laws make it easier for farms and supermarkets […]

Reducing Food Waste Through Consumer Education, Part 2

Written by Jabari Brown,  J.D. Candidate 2017 at the University of Oregon School of Law, and Summer 2016 intern in the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic Read the first part of “Reducing Food Waste Through Consumer Education” Consumer education that creates awareness around food waste consequences combined with information on recognizing and implementing […]

Reducing Food Waste Through Consumer Education, Part 1

Written by Jabari Brown,  J.D. Candidate 2017 at the University of Oregon School of Law, and Summer 2016 intern in the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic As we waste food, we waste money. Overall, our nation wastes a total of 40% of all food produced. The problem of food waste is both a […]

How Dated Food Labels Contribute to Food Waste

‘Best if used by.’ ‘Sell by.’ How can you tell whether your food is still good? Why labels are so confusing and what may help. Written by By Mary H.J. Farrell on July 21, 2016 for Consumer Reports At the May 2016 Food Waste Summit in Washington, D.C., Tom Vilsack, the U.S. secretary of agriculture, told […]