Food Law and Policy


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, and reducing waste of healthy, wholesome food.


FLPC, in partnership with Racing Horse Productions, released the short film EXPIRED? Food Waste in America in February 2016. EXPIRED explores how misleading date labels on food products contribute to food waste in America. Every year, 40% of the food produced in the United States goes uneaten, leading to 160 billion pounds of wasted food in our landfills.

The FLPC collaborates closely with the Harvard Food Law Lab, which was founded in the Fall of 2013 by Professor Jacob Gersen as a center for coordinated and directed research in the emerging field of food law. 

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

For FLPC team bios, click here.

For a list of FLPC publications, please click here.

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