Food Law and Policy

The laws and policies that govern our food system play a key role in shaping our environment, our health, and our economy 

The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) serves partner organizations and communities by providing guidance on cutting-edge food system issues, while engaging law students in the practice of food law and policy. Specifically, FLPC focuses on increasing access to healthy foods, supporting sustainable production and regional food systems, reducing waste of healthy, wholesome food, and promoting community-led food system change. FLPC also seeds the next generation of food law experts by engaging law students in conducting these projects, providing mentorship and action-learning opportunities. 

FLPC was established in 2010 as the first food law clinical program in the United States. The clinic leverages its decade-long history and expertise to design and implement food law and policy interventions in the U.S. and around the world. FLPC is committed to advancing a cross-sector, multi-disciplinary and inclusive approach to its work, building partnerships with academic institutionsgovernment agencies, non-profit organizations, private sector actors, and civil society with expertise in public health, the environment, and the economy. To learn more, please read about FLPC’s initiatives and current projectsand review FLPC’s publications. 

Updates from the Food Law and Policy Clinic

Our COVID-19 Response
FLPC is engaged in an emergency response effort to address the impact that COVID-19 is having on our food systems. 

Global Food Donation Policy Atlas Website and Research Now Available
FLPC recently debuted its initial findings of the Global Food Donation Policy Atlas project, a first-of-its-kind initiative comparing food donation laws and policies across the globe.

Stay Up to Date With Our Two Policy Tracking Tools
FLPC recently launched two new policy tracking tools, focusing on: 1) state policies for feeding vulnerable populations, and 2) state-wide stay-at-home orders and advisories and their impact on the food system. 

Connect with the Food Law and Policy Clinic

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Get to know our team, read their bios here, or contact them directly: 

Emily Broad Leib, Director 
Emma Scott, Clinical Instructor 
Melissa Shapiro, Clinical Instructor 
Ariel Ardura, Clinical Fellow

For all media inquiries, please contact Kyra Sanborn 

For all inquiries regarding speaking engagements, please contact Aiza Khan.

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