Food Law

Food Law - Professors Pamela Frasch & George Kimbrell

  • Course Number: LAW-415
  • Course Type: Foundational
  • Credits: 2
  • Enrollment Limit: Determined by the Registrar
  • Description:  Food is something we all need to survive, and understanding the complex legal structure regulating food is important for anyone concerned or interested in where food comes from, how it’s produced, how it’s processed, and how it’s sold or served. This survey course provides an examination of modern food law and policy in the American judicial, legislative, and regulatory arenas. It introduces students to both the history of food regulation and explores selected 21st century food issues from farm to fork, such as food safety and food product labeling, as well as food production issues like industrial agriculture, factory farming, and food technologies. Throughout, the course will discuss the broader social, economic, and environmental context of our food system and its often-hidden legal drivers.

  • Prerequisite: none, although it is highly recommended for students interested in taking the more specialized food law courses offered at the law school.
  • Evaluation Method: Two short papers; two class presentations; class participation
  • Capstone: no
  • WIE: yes