Food Law & Policy

Transforming Our Food System: A Conversation on a National Food Strategy

Watch a recording of the November 30, 2016 event, “Transforming Our Food System.” The panel discussion featured panelists Mark Bittman, Union of Concerned Scientists Fellow and former food columnist for the New York Times; Ricardo Salvador, Union of Concerned Scientists Food and Environment Program Director; and FLPC’s own Emily Broad Leib, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the […]

Hunger For Change

Originally published by the Harvard Gazette on December 5, 2016. Written by Liz Mineo; photography by Rose Lincoln. At the same time the government urges Americans to eat healthy foods, it heavily subsidizes farmers who produce corn and other crops used in junk foods, and invests little in those who grow fruits and vegetables. The […]

Second Edition of Farm & Food Law: A Guide for Lawyers in the Legal Food Hub Network is Now Available

FLPC and the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) have released the second edition of Farm & Food Law: A Guide for Lawyers in the Legal Food Hub Network. CLF launched the Massachusetts Legal Food Hub (LFH) to respond to the lack of legal services for small-scale farmers and food entrepreneurs who participate in local and regional […]

The 2016 Presidential Election & Food Law and Policy: What Happens Now?

With the election of Donald Trump as president (as well as continuing House and Senate Republican majorities), the new political landscape likely heralds a great deal of change for many aspects of American life, from domestic policies affecting food, health, and the environment, to foreign policies surrounding immigration and free trade. The Harvard Law School […]

5 Questions for Emily Broad Leib

FLPC Director Emily Broad Leib was recently interviewed by Clinical Law Prof Blog; read the interview below. In the spirit of thanksgiving and the abundance of food most of us partook in last week, I thought this would be a great time to continue that theme and learn about the amazing Food Law and Policy Clinic […]

Fresh Look At Organics Bans And Waste Recycling Laws

Originally published by BioCycle; written by  Emily Broad Leib, Christina Rice and Jill Mahoney. Emily Broad Leib is Director, and Christina Rice is a Clinical Fellow at the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC). Jill Mahoney is a J.D./M.P.H. Candidate at the University of Arizona and Extern at the Harvard Law School FLPC. […]

‘Food is Medicine’ Symposium Attracts Dozens

Originally published by The Harvard Crimson on Monday, October 24, 2016. Written by Margot D. Dionne, Contributing Writer. Images via twitter.   Dozens gathered at the Law School Friday to discuss the importance of nutrition and to consider how people can gain access to healthy food in the United States. The Center for Health Law and […]

FLPC Releases Toolkit to Promote Food Waste Reduction

Today the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) releases Keeping Food Out of the Landfill: Policy Ideas for States and Localities. This toolkit provides comprehensive information on eight different policy areas that states and localities can consider as they ramp up efforts to reduce food waste. There are great opportunities for food […]

Screening Toolkit for Not Really Expired is Now Available

The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC), in partnership with Racing Horse Productions, has released a screening toolkit for the short film EXPIRED? Food Waste in America. Expired? was released in February 2016 and explores how misleading date labels on food products contribute to food waste in America. By now, Expired? has more than […]

What does that ‘sell by’ date really mean, anyway?

Originally published by The Boston Globe on October 5, 2016. Written by Catherine Smart. It’s hard to know how to interpret food date labels. If it smells fine but it’s past the best-by mark, should you pitch it? And what does “sell by” really mean anyway? Professor Emily Broad Leib, director of the Harvard Food […]