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Food Law

NOTE: This course description is new for the 2017-2018 academic year. You may read the prior course description immediately below the new one. 

2017-2018

Food is political. It is something that affects all of us on a daily basis; the food choices we make each day both impact the food system and are impacted by a food system that has been shaped by a variety of laws and policies. This course will introduce students to the wide range of complex legal and policy issues related to the food system. We will cover the foundational topics in food law – including the Farm Bill, food labeling, and food safety – along with other topics such as the environment, technology, marketing, diversity and justice, food waste and recovery, additives and GRAS, organic and other certifications, labor, and the developing body of law for cannabis. Evaluation will be based on student papers and class participation.

NOTE: The below course description applied in academic years prior to 2017-2018.

Food is one of the biggest businesses in the world and significantly affects all of us on a daily basis. Business law and regulatory issues impact the production, distribution and consumption of food and beverages. This course will focus on the legal landscape of food and beverage production, processing, packaging & labeling, marketing & distribution, restaurants, intellectual property issues, and the developing body of law for edible marijuana products. Evaluation will be based on student papers and class participation.