Resnick Program SAVE THE DATE: UCLA-Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Conference

Save the Date: UCLA School of Law Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy & Harvard Law School Food Law Lab present:

Transparency in the Global Food System: What Information and to What Ends?

Date: October 24-25, 2014

Location: UCLA Faculty Center and UCLA School of Law

The Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law and The Food Law Lab at Harvard Law School have partnered to host the UCLA-Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Conference, a joint annual conference that will focus on issues in the food system from a legal perspective.

The first of these conferences, "Transparency in the Global Food System: What Information and to What Ends?" will be held on Friday, October 24 at the UCLA Faculty Center and Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the UCLA School of Law.

Event Description:

Every day brings increasing media coverage, intensified citizen concern and political focus to the problems of our food system, accompanied by a building consensus on the need to address the known challenges.  But, the factors shaping our current food system and their implications are often opaque and difficult to analyze, due to both the complexity and lack of transparency in our system. This conference will examine these issues: the meaning of transparency in food law and policy, how consumers use and misuse information about the food system, and the limits of information as a policy tool.


Dr. David A. Kessler, former Commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration and currently a Professor at the University of California, San Francisco Medical School, will deliver the conference keynote address on October 24th. In addition, as part of UCLA Food Day events, a screening and panel discussion of the documentary Food Chains will be held in the evening following the conference.  Closing the event, an academic workshop will be held on Saturday, October 25th to discuss the future of food law teaching and scholarship.

We hope you save the date of October 24th and 25th to join us for this exciting conference! 

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