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The 2013 Food Law & Policy Conference, “Local Food || Global Food: Do We Have What It Takes To Reinvent the U.S. Food System?,” was hosted by the Maine Law Review this past Saturday, February 23rd. The event drew roughly … Continue reading
“Maine Law Colloquium Embraces Local Food”
Do front-yard gardens and backyard chicken coops, as leading symbols of our thriving food movement, deserve First Amendment protection, much as black armbands did during the Vietnam War? Does a focus on “food miles” distract from the urgent need to reduce the greenhouse gases agriculture emits as we strive to feed a world population of 9 billion by 2050? Should the government mandate vegetable consumption — just as New York City and others have enacted bans on Big Gulps and trans fats?
In anticipation of our upcoming Food Law Conference, Local Food || Global Food: Do We Have What It Takes To Reinvent the U.S. Food System?, the following pre-publication essays authored by our conference participants are now available for downloading.
Please Note: These draft documents are not for distribution, and have not been fully reviewed for content accuracy or satisfied the publication standards of the Maine Law Review.
FLAWS IN FEDERAL APPROACHES TO FOOD REGULATIONS, AND PROPOSED FIXES
FOOD SOVEREIGNTY VERSUS PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY, & WELFARE: A FALSE CHOICE?
EMERGING FOOD TOPICS: HOW SHOULD GOVERNMENTS COPE?
Local Food || Global Food:
Do We Have What It Takes to Reinvent the U.S. Food System?
Free and open to the public. Walk-ins welcome.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Panel discussions run from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (come for all or one)
Location: Portland High School Auditorium (284 Cumberland Ave., Portland, Maine)
Join the Maine Law Review for a lively food law and policy discussion on Saturday, February 23, 2013, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM in the Portland High School auditorium (284 Cumberland Avenue, Portland, Maine). This event will bring together more than a dozen legal scholars from around the country to debate the future of the U.S. food system, including:
(1) The problems with the federal approach to food regulation, and proposed fixes;
(2) The challenges facing food sovereignty and food choice movements; and
(3) Emerging food trends, and how governments should respond.
The day-long event is free and open to the public. Walk-ins are welcome.
Mark your calendar! On February 23, 2013, the Maine Law Review will host its 2013 Food Law Colloquium—a chance to hear scholars, policymakers, farmers, and community members discuss and debate the challenges confronting food initiatives in an era of globalized food production. Topics will include:
- New Legal Institutions of Farmland Succession: Implications for Sustainable Food Systems · Jamie Baxter (L.L.M., Yale L. Sch.)
An examination of farmland tenure arrangements available to new farmers using the province of Ontario, Canada as a case study, and suggestions for legal reform.
- The Food-Energy-Climate Nexus: Think Globally, Act Globally · Bret Birdsong (Prof. L., William S. Boyd Sch. L., UNLV)
A critique of agricultural greenhouse gas mitigation strategies, and a case for reducing the food system’s contributions to climate change by preventing conversion of land to agricultural production abroad.
- The Symbolic Garden: Urban Homesteading as Protected Expression · Jaime Bouvier (Sr. Instr. L., Case W. Reserve U. Sch. L.)
An exploration of the feasibility of challenging local laws restricting urban agricultural practices by characterizing such practices as protected expressive speech.
- The New England Food System in 2060: How Does Today’s Discussion Translate to Future Action? · Joanne Burke (Clinical Assoc. Prof., U. NH Sustainability Inst. & College Life Sci. & Ag.) & Margaret Sova McCabe (Prof. L., U. NH Sch. L.)
An interdisciplinary analysis of key policy challenges facing states’ efforts to create self-sufficient regional food systems, including how federal commerce and compact clauses influence the scope of localized food policy.
- Obesity Prevention Policies at the Local Level: What Tobacco Can Teach Us · Paul Diller (Assoc. Prof. L., Willamette U. College L.)
A consideration of the legal challenges facing local obesity prevention measures through the historical lens of tobacco regulation.
- Zoning and Land Use Controls: Beyond Agriculture · Lisa Feldstein (Ph.D. candidate, U. California, Berkley; J.D., Boalt Sch. L.)
An assessment of the impacts of zoning and other land use management tools on the availability (or lack thereof) of food in urban communities.
- Food Safety in the Monsanto Era: Examining the Regulatory Framework of IP Inventions in Genetically Modified Bio-Pesticides · Saby Ghoshray (Founder, Inst. Interdisciplinary Studies; Ph.D., Fla. Int’l U.)
An examination of federal food safety regulation of bio-pesticides, and a proposal for a multi-dimensional framework that addresses both IP ownership and food safety concerns.
- The Local Food Sovereignty Narrative · Jason Jones (Asst. Prof. L., Charlotte Sch. L.)
An exploration of the narrative of food sovereignty laws, and whether communities can use such laws to construct a legal system reflecting their social and economic norms.
- A National “Natural” Standard for Food Labeling · Nicole Negowetti (Asst. Prof. L., Valparaiso U. Sch. L)
A critique of the policy reasons behind federal agency decisions to not regulate “natural” claims, and a proposal for an enforceable federal “natural” food standard.
- Whatever Happened to the “Frankenfish”? The FDA’s Foot-Dragging on Transgenic Salmon · Lars Noah (Prof. L., U. Fla. College L.)
An evaluation of the legal issues surrounding the regulation of transgenic animal food products using AquaBounty as a case study.
- Fishing Outside of the Subsidy Chain: Eliminating Resource-Depleting Fishing Subsidies Through Unilateral Trade Measures · Anastasia Telesetsky (Assoc. Prof. L., U. Idaho College L.)
An examination of the resource-depleting effects of global marine fishery subsidies, and a proposal for unilateral trade action by states as a means to restore fish stocks.
- When Fox and Dog Legislate the Hen House: National Egg-Laying Standards, Interest-Convergence, and the Clucking Theorem · Lucinda Valero (Head Tech. Svces., W. Va. U. College L.) & William Rhee (Assoc. Prof., W. Va. U. College L.)
An evaluation of public discourse over food law, using the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012 as a case study and considering interest-convergence (humans protect animal welfare only when economic interests and animal welfare converge) and the clucking theorem (humans needlessly inflate process costs of legal change).
- The Humane Methods of Slaughter Act is Unconstitutional, and That’s Not a Bad Thing · Pamela Vesilind (Instructor, Vt. L. Sch.; Adj. Prof., U. Ark. Sch. L.)
A case for challenging the federal humane slaughter law as an unconstitutional exercise of congressional power, and a proposal that such regulations are best left with the states.
- A Hungry Industry on Rolling Regulations: A Look at Food Truck Regulations in Cities Across the United States · Crystal Williams (Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, Indianapolis, IN)
A survey of city rules governing mobile food trucks, highlighting various efforts at balancing new food industry markets with food and traffic safety concerns.
- How Reliance on the Private Enforcement of Public Regulatory Programs Undermines Food Safety in the United States: The Case of Needled Meat · Diana R. H. Winters (Assoc. Prof., I.U. Robert H. McKinney Sch. L.)
A study of the failings of the federal scheme that grants private parties a right to sue agencies to force governmental responses to food safety threats, and the need for new statutory hammers to spur action.
- Broccoli, Milk, Soda, and the Future of Food Choice · Samuel Wiseman (Asst. Prof. L. , Fla. State U. College L.)
An exploration of whether there exists a fundamental right to choose one’s own food, and the challenges of forming a legislative coalition from divergent interests of constituencies opposed to local food bans.
Download “Save the Date” Announcement (PDF, 469 kb)
The Maine Law Review* invites you to participate in its 2013 Food Law Colloquium. The Colloquium presents an opportunity for discussion and debate about the legal architecture of food systems in Maine, the United States, and beyond. To complement the Colloquium, the spring volume of the Review will be devoted to high-quality legal scholarship focusing on a wide range of food law topics.
The Maine Law Review seeks submissions of papers for oral presentation at the Colloquium and for publication in its Spring 2013 volume. We invite contributions in the form of articles or essays addressing any aspect of food law. Topics may include, but are not limited to: local food ordinances and states’ rights movements; the effects of the 2012 Farm Bill on small-scale agriculture; food safety and security; judicial responses to competing interests of seed patent owners and farmers; the challenges of securing financing for farmland conservation; administrative hurdles confronting the seafood industry; cooperatives and securities law; comparative analyses of food law frameworks; and emerging issues in food law. Although traditional, full-length papers are welcome, we principally seek shorter essays (roughly 8,000 to 15,000 words, including references) that will stimulate lively discussion at the Colloquium.
Draft abstracts and queries may be addressed to Aga Pinette, Editor-in-Chief, at email@example.com, no later than September 30, 2012. Please accompany submissions with a curriculum vitae, and indicate your willingness and availability to travel to Portland, Maine, to participate in the Colloquium in February or March 2013.
* The Maine Law Review is published twice annually by the students of the University of Maine School of Law. The journal has a diverse reading audience of legal scholars and students, practitioners, and judges.