Food Law & Policy

FLPC’s Upcoming School Food Toolkit Noted in Harvard Political Review Article

Harvard Political Review spoke with the Food Law and Policy Clinic director Emily Broad Leib on the federal school meal program for their August 24, 2015 article “Food for Thought” written by Christopher Cruz.  The article looks at the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 and the more recent Summer Food Service Program, and the challenges associated with […]

10/23 Second Annual HLS-UCLA Food Law and Policy Conference: Drugs, Animals, and Food: Law & Policy of Antibiotics in the Food System

 October 23, 2015 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM | Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA Description The debate over antibiotic use in animal agriculture combines elements of science, ethics, politics, and law. Between fifty and eighty percent of all antibiotics sold in the United States are fed to farm animals raised for human consumption––both to promote […]

Replacing “Kid Food” with “True Food” in School Cafeterias

By: Katie Carey, 2015 Summer Intern, Food Law and Policy Clinic On June 10, FLPC co-hosted the first annual Healthy Food Fuels Hungry Minds conference at Harvard University to discuss how to improve the quality of food in schools. Those attending the conference held diverse roles from school administrators to health experts to parents to […]

Harvard’s Food Law and Policy Clinic is Looking for Your Input for Updates to 2012 Toolkit

If you are a member of a local food policy council, or a food policy advocates, FLPC seeks your input as we update our 2012 publication Good Laws, Good Food: Putting Local Food Policy to Work for Our Communities. The Good Laws, Good Food toolkit assists local food policy councils and other advocates with understanding the basic legal concepts surrounding the […]

Politifact.com Reviews “Last Week Tonight” Segment on Food Waste

On Monday, July 27, politifact.com reviewed “Last Week Tonight’s”  7/19/15 story on food waste, government regulation, and expiration date labels. The HBO news-satire show included research and quotes from Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) on its 2013 report, The Dating Game. They conducted their own research into the claims made by the show’s host, John […]

Food Security: Businesses learn there are tax incentives and laws to help them recycle mountains of food

Written by: Niina Heikkinen, E&E reporter Published: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 Read the article on ClimateWire Each year, Americans waste 30 to 40 percent of all the food that is grown, harvested and bought. In 2010 alone, the Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Chief Economist estimated that the amount of food loss and waste […]

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” Takes On Food Waste, Citing FLPC’s Research

On July 19, 2015, “Last Week Tonight,” HBO’s satirical news program highlighted the enormous problems of food waste, expiration dates, and challenges to donating products to food pantries. Using clips from other news shows and the documentary Just Eat It, Host John Oliver pointed out the negative consequences of the current regulations while lampooning America’s obsession with consumption. At […]

CHLPI Welcomes Visiting Scholar Kirsten Van Fossen

Kirsten Van Fossen is a first-year PhD student from the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering, where she researches with the Centre for Industrial Sustainability. In her project, Kirsten is taking a systems engineering approach to investigate how actors within the industrial food system and healthcare system might further integrate to help shift consumers towards […]

The Economist: Is Lemonade Legal?

Article excerpt from The Economist: Americans increasingly like to buy local food. The number of farmers’ markets offering local produce, cakes and jams around the country has more than doubled to nearly 8,300 in a decade. Sluggish job growth has also encouraged more people to start home-based businesses. But regulating the sale of goods made […]

New Publication: Food Banks as Partners in Health Promotion: Creating Connections for Client & Community Health

In July 2015 CHLPI released the white paper Food Banks as Partners in Health Promotion: Creating Connections for Client & Community Health. Food banks are embedded in local communities across the country. They are central to the economic well-being of clients, who often struggle to find regular access to food. Food banks partner with government agencies, donors, […]