Food Law & Policy

FLPC Releases Issue Brief Calling for Federal Legislation to Standardize Date Labels

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The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) released an issue brief today that outlines the need for federal legislation to standardize date labels on food products. Date Labels: The Case for Federal Action describes existing government and […]

Confused About Food Expiration Dates? You’re Not Alone

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Originally published by NBC 6 (Miami) on Friday, May 24, 2019. Written by Phil Rogers and Katy Smyser. Those frustrating food expiration dates — “best by” one date, or “use by” that one. One member of your family may want to throw something […]

‘Food is Medicine State Plan’ to begin providing services in June

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Originally published by 22 News, WWLP on Wednesday, May 23, 2019. Written by Jennifer Zarate. A group met on Wednesday to make sure healthy food is available to everyone in western Massachusetts. The Franklin County Food Council brought together groups from […]

FLPC Welcomes Food Law and Policy Clinic 2019 Summer Interns

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The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic is pleased to welcome the following interns working in the health clinic for the summer! Jana Caracciolo Jana is a rising 2L at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She […]

The Green New Deal and the Future of Farming

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Written by Ashley Maiolatesi, student in the Food Law and Policy Clinic. Originally published on The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group’s blog. On April 18th , Harvard Law School hosted a panel entitled “The Green New Deal and the Future […]

Consulting in the Law

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Written by FLPC clinical student Julia Nitsche for the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs of Harvard Law School. Over the course of my three semesters with the Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC), I have worked on numerous projects, […]

Put Down Your Hamburger, and Try Fly-Larvae Sausages and Locust Ice Cream

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Originally published by MarketWatch on May 3, 2019. Written by Quentin Fottrell. “Would you eat a commercial sausage made from maggots? What about other insect larvae and even whole insects like locusts?” Those questions were posed by a University of Queensland […]

Confused About Food Expiration Dates? You’re Not Alone

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Published April 30, 2019 by NBC Chicago. It’s a never-ending source of argument — should food be thrown out of your refrigerator or pantry when it hits its expiration date. FLPC’s Emily Broad Leib say with the exception of formula, the answer […]

9th Circuit Reviews 2017 Decision on Sugar Warning Labels


Written by Ashley Maiolatesi, Spring 2019 Food Law and Policy Clinical student. Over the past decade, the soda industry has faced waves of opposition from the public health sphere. For example, cities around the country have passed soda taxes, California […]

New Research Highlights the Promise of Food is Medicine

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Food insecurity and malnutrition are major drivers for poor health outcomes, population disparities and soaring health care spending. Roughly one out of every ten households in Massachusetts struggle with food insecurity, causing the state a staggering $1.9 billion in avoidable […]