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From Cottage Foods to Home Cooks: Recent Legislative Trends for Kitchen Micropreneurs

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By: Brianna Johnson-King and Vrushab Gowda, FLPC students Selling homemade food – from baked goods to complete meals – provides an opportunity for millions of people in America to support their families and share their culture with others. Currently, forty-nine […]

Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic Calls on USDA to Reform Office Focused on Civil Rights

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) history of discrimination and inefficacy in addressing civil rights complaints is well-documented, yet little has been done to significantly reform agency operations that enable harmful practices to persist. With the Biden Administration’s renewed attention […]

Making Hunger a Priority in America

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To learn more about the event, please visit https://www.thechicagocouncil.org/events/making-hunger-priority-america Hunger is on the rise in America. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, food insecurity in the United States has doubled and now affects nearly 1 in 4 households. In response to this […]

Biden to cancel Trump’s pandemic food aid after high costs, delivery problems

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Originally written by Christopher Walljasper and posted on Reuters on April 14, 2021. CHICAGO (Reuters) -Yogurt was everywhere as volunteers opened boxes of fruit, frozen meat and dairy products that had shifted and spilled in transit to a food bank […]

Food waste action plan calls for organics diversion infrastructure, compost market expansion

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Originally written by Maria Rachal and published on Waste Dive on April 8, 2021. Dive Brief: An action plan to curb food loss and waste in the U.S. — pitched to Congress and the Biden administration this week by four organizations and supported by a […]

Harvard Research Identifies Policy Recommendations to Support Food Donation Across Five Continents

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Amid pandemic and rising rates of food insecurity, Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic and The Global FoodBanking Network address global food waste and hunger crisis. In response to food waste, climate change, and a global hunger crisis […]

Webinar Review: “The Impact of Date Labels on Food Waste, Food Recovery and Donation”

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This post was written by Kerensa Gimre with support from Regina Paparo and Ata Nalbantoglu, FLPC clinical students. Highlights Date labels should utilize that dual date label scheme that clearly distinguishes between quality-based and safety-based labels Consumer and business education […]

The American Rescue Plan: What it Does for Agriculture and Nutrition

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Written by Minnie Che, FLPC research assistant A $1.9 trillion stimulus package, called the American Rescue Plan, has been passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden. Even before passage of this legislation, there were many changes afoot […]

India’s FSSAI admirably prioritises food donation — new labels and laws can help

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Originally posted on The Times of India on April 5, 2021. Emily Broad Leib teaches law at Harvard University. Researching food policies across 14 nations, she discusses important findings with Times Evoke, including what India is doing right in minimising food wastage […]

US Food Loss & Waste Policy Action Plan Targets Congress & Biden Administration

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As the federal government eyes climate policy, advocates issue call to action to cut food loss and waste in half by 2030. Each year, between 30-40% of all food in the United States is unsold or uneaten. Most becomes food […]