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Food Law

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 contemporary food law and policy in the American judicial and legislative arenas. It introduces students to a number of evolving issues, such as food definitions, CRISPR, GRAS, statements of identity, labeling, food safety, factory farming, the intersection with other areas of law, and some of the broader contextual issues that warrant investigation. In doing so, the course explores the challenges and opportunities available to advocates interested in food law. This class is graded on active participation, two short papers (WIE eligible), and two class presentations.