Food Law & Policy

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 […]

FLPC and NRDC Release New Fact Sheet on Strengthening Protections for Food Donation

Food donation provides a critical link between organizations with wholesome surplus foods and the 42 million Americans who are food-insecure today. Yet while there are strong federal and state protections, many food manufacturers, retailers, and restaurants cite fear of liability as one of the main barriers to donating food. The Harvard Law School Food Law […]

Farm Animals Actually Eat People’s Leftovers — And It’s Good For The Planet

Originally written and published by Joseph Erbentraut, Senior Reporter, The Huffington Post on September 28, 2016. When restaurants and grocery stores end up with scraps and other leftovers that cannot be donated to food banks, what happens to them? A lot end up in landfills, contributing to the already massive amounts of food waste that emits methane, a potent […]

CHLPI Talks Policy at the Annual Food is Medicine Coalition Symposium in New York

On September 12-14, CHLPI attended and presented at the Food is Medicine Coalition’s annual Advocacy Capacity Building Symposium. For years, CHLPI has partnered with the Food is Medicine Coalition (FIMC), a national network of food and nutrition service providers that work to help nutritious food reach those who are severely ill. Together, FIMC and CHLPI […]

Harvard Law School Partners with Food For Free After Food Recovery Conference

Originally published by Harvard Law School on September 23, 2016. Kicking off the semester sustainably, Harvard Law School launched its first formal food donation program, in partnership with Food For Free, a local nonprofit that recovers wasted food from companies across Cambridge and Boston to redistribute to the area’s hungry. HLS will set aside excess […]

FLPC Director Joins New York Times’ “Room for Debate” on Food Waste

FLPC’s Director and Founder Emily Broad Leib joins other food waste reduction leaders for New York Times’ most recent edition of its opinion column, Room for Debate. The Wednesday, September 21, 2016 edition is focused on “Keeping Food on the Plate, and Out of Landfills.” Emily’s contribution to the discussion examines federal and state laws regarding food […]

FLPC Director Interviewed by on Priorities in Food Policy and Laws

FLPC’s Founder and Director Emily Broad Leib was interviewed by Pulin Modi for’s blog about the Clinic’s work, and the role the public can play in reducing food waste and affecting policy and legislation around food waste. Excerpt from the interview: “…consumers can make a huge difference in the market by virtue of their […]

FLPC’s Emily Broad Leib to Deliver 9th Annual Judge Stephanie K. Seymour Distinguished Lecture in Law

FLPC’s Director Emily Broad Leib has been selected to deliver the 9th Annual Judge Stephanie K. Seymour Distinguished Lecture in Law at the University of Tulsa College of Law. On February 20, 2017, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, she will speak about Food Justice as Social Justice. Reception: 5:30 PM, The Pit Lecture: 6:00–7:00 PM, Price & Turpen Courtroom The reception […]