Julius Labu tends to his garden in Arokwo Village, Kapchorwa, Uganda. (Photo: Kate Holt via Wikimedia Commons)
Harvard Law School and the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law each last year launched programs centered on food law and policy. Now they plan to collaborate on a series of annual conferences that will bring together scholars and policymakers to examine legal questions having to do with food.
“At a time when food supply is increasingly under pressure, and when globalization and trade agreements are bringing more food products across more borders than ever before, issues of access, safety, health and security require imagination and expertise,” Harvard dean Martha Minow said. “How terrific that our leading experts here at Harvard will collaborate with our colleagues at UCLA on vital research and conferences, generating and sharing ideas and insights to strengthen access to the most fundamental human need for safe and healthy food.”
The first UCLA-Harvard Food Law and Policy Conference will held on Oct. 24 and 25 in Los Angeles and will explore transparency in global food distribution—what information is available to consumers and the benefits and challenges of increasing that information.
The gathering will rotate between the two campuses from year to year.
UCLA established its Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy in August 2013 with a $5 million donation from the Resnick Family Foundation. It conducts research aimed at improving the modern food system at the local, national and global levels.
Harvard’s Food Law Lab, part of the larger Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, opened in fall 2013. It pursues research at the intersection of law and food.
“Food is part of the universal human condition,” UCLA dean Rachel Moran said. “We launched the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy to give voice to consumers and to ensure that their concerns are fully addressed. We look forward to combining our resources with The Food Law Lab at Harvard Law School to make certain that these issues gain the broad visibility and careful consideration that they deserve.”
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