Food Law & Policy

Don’t Waste Good Food: USDA and EPA Announce Food Waste Reduction Goals

By: Emily Broad Leib and Ona Balkus of Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, and Kelly Nuckolls, Student at Drake University Law School The food waste reduction benchmark has been set. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on September 16th the United States’ first food waste reduction goal: […]

FLPC Director Quoted in Article on Food Waste in Massachusetts, an environmental news and commentary site, spoke to Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic Director Emily Broad Leib for an article published on September 3, 2015, about a ban on corporations producing large amounts of food waste in Massachusetts. Excerpt from the article: “Last October, following similar laws in Vermont and Connecticut, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental […]

FLPC Welcomes New Clinical Fellows Christina Rice and Emma Clippinger

The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation is happy to welcome Christina Rice and Emma Clippinger to the team as a clinical fellows in the Food Law and Policy Clinic.   Christina Rice Christina joined the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation in August 2015 as a Clinical Fellow in the […]

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 […] Reviews “Last Week Tonight” Segment on Food Waste

On Monday, July 27, 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 […]