Resnick Center for Food Law & Policy

4th Annual UCLA-Harvard Food Law and Policy Conference

Food Innovation and the Law: Navigating the Next Frontier

October 13, 2017 | Harvard Law School

2017 UCLA Law Harvard Food Law Conference

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The Food Law Lab at Harvard Law School and the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law invite you to the 4th Annual Harvard-UCLA Food Law and Policy Conference, which this year will address food sector innovation and the law.

Innovation is rapidly shifting the landscape of food production and consumption in the United States and globally. Innovation covers a broad range of activity within the food sector. Technological advances have led to a range of new products—for example, plant-based meat and dairy, edible insects, GM foods, and cultured meat, among others—that the law does not yet know how to address. Technology has also changed how we grow food, how we procure food, and how we invest in food, from apps that can optimize soil quality for production, to fresh food home delivery, to barcode scanning to determine a product’s supply chain, to venture capital and impact investing in purpose-driven food companies.

At the same time, food has increasingly become a platform for both self-expression and political engagement. For the first time ever, millennials believe they can effect greater change with how they spend their money than with how they cast their votes. This generation, which now constitutes the bulk of the workforce and consumer base, increasingly values purchasing nutritious, sustainable, and socially just products that are also reasonably priced. Companies are under mounting pressure to innovate in response to meet these demands.

How we innovate now and the legal framework we adopt in response will profoundly shape our food system. This one-day conference will convene an interdisciplinary group of experts from law, politics, science, and industry to discuss issues in food innovation and consider the ramifications for navigating this next frontier in food. It will take a broad approach to innovation and explore the implications for a range of stakeholders, including the government, sustainability and the environment, corporate law, entrepreneurship, animal law, and non-profits, among other areas.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required.


9:00: Welcome Professor Jacob Gersen, Director, Food Law Lab, Harvard Law School

9:15: Statement from Dean John Manning, Harvard Law School

9:30:  Keys to Survival as an Innovator in the Food Regulatory System

Diana Winters, Asst. Director of Scholarship, Resnick Center for Food Law & Policy, UCLA
Michael Roberts, Executive Director, Resnick Center for Food Law & Policy, UCLA
Jeremy Halpern, Partner, Nutter McClennan & Fish
Kate Weiler, Co-founder of DrinkMaple
Emilie Aguirre, Doctoral Student, Harvard University

11:00:  Lean, Clean & Sustainable: Creating Animal-Free Meat that is Healthier, More Humane, and Less Harmful to the Planet

Jonathan Lovvorn, Lecturer on Law, Policy Director, Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program
Mark Post, Chairman of Physiology Department, Maastricht University
Mike Selden, CEO, Finless Foods
Bruce Friedrich, Executive Director, Good Food Institute
Nicole Negowetti, Clinical Instructor, Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic

12:30: Lunch

1:30-3:00:  Wasting Innovation

Emily Broad Leib, Director, Food Law & Policy Clinic, Harvard Law School
Jen Faigel, Executive Director & Co-founder, Commonwealth Kitchen
Doug Rauch, Founder/President of Daily Table
Lorenzo Macaluso, Director, Center for EcoTechnology

3:00:  Coffee and Snack

3:15: Disclosure, Health & Safety in the Regulatory Jungle

Jacob Gersen, Professor, Harvard Law School
Kim Kessler, Assistant Commissioner, NYC Dept. of Heath
Nick Devane, CEO, Foodworks
Michael Kaufman, Partner, The Astor Group

4:45:   Closing Remarks Michael Roberts & Jacob Gersen