Our second annual conference explored the legal and policy aspects of food labeling and its effects on consumer knowledge, choice, and behavior. Our forum brought together a host of authorities on food law and policy to discuss a number of pressing questions, including: What should we know about what’s in our food and how it is grown? What considerations should inform these decisions? Are food labels a meaningful tool to encourage better nutrition choices?
Videos from the conference are available on our YouTube channel.
See our conference webpage for more information.
Friday, March 8, 2013Location: Harvard Law School, Austin North and West 1563 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
- 3:00-3:45 Arrival & Welcome
- 3:45-6:00 Session 1
- 3:45-4:15 History and Development of Food Labeling Law, Michael Roberts, Adjunct Professor, UCLA School of Law
- 4:20-4:50 Food Labels: Time to Modernize, Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest
- 5:00-6:00 Panel: From Nutrition Facts to Front-of-Pack: What is the Ideal Food Label?, featuring: Helen Falco, Director of Nutrition & Health Policy, Coca Cola; Rebecca Goldberg, Attorney, Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Chief Counsel; Jennifer Pomeranz, Director of Legal Initiatives, Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, Yale University
- 6:00-6:30 Light Refreshments
- 6:30-7:30 Keynote: Modern Food Labels – The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and Why We Need Them, Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., Director, Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group, Consumer Reports
Saturday, March 9, 2013Location: Pfizer Lecture Hall, Mallinckrodt Building 12 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA
- 9:00-9:45 Arrival, Welcome, Continental Breakfast
- 9:45-12:00 Session 2
- 9:45-10:15 The Voluntary Food Labeling Process from Conception to Approval: A Case Study, Jesse LaFlamme, CEO and President of Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs
- 10:20-10:50 Litigation and Other Tools for Tackling Misleading Marketing Claims: Preventing Humanewashing, Carter Dillard, Director of Litigation, Animal Legal Defense Fund
- 11:00-12:00 Panel: Organic, All-Natural, Heart Healthy: How to Regulate Marketing Claims on Food Packages to Better Serve and Protect Consumers, featuring: Michael Crupain, M.D., Consumer Reports; Andrew Gunther, Animal Welfare Approved; Christina Roberto, Harvard School of Public Health