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2018 The Case for Alternative Meat

January 25, 2018 Harvard Law School

Harvard Food Law Society hosted a discussion about plant-based meat alternative products with Matthew Hayek, an environmental scientist and a Farmed Animal Law & Policy Fellow at the Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program, and Nicole Negowetti, Clinical Instructor with the Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic. The HLS Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and Harvard Environmental Law Society co-sponsored this event.


2014 The Meat We Eat: Forum on Industrial Animal Farming

April 4, 2014 Harvard Law School

Harvard Food Law Society hosted its third annual conference in partnership with the HLS Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Session 1


Session 2


Eat Red Meat, Save the Planet

November 21, 2013 Harvard Law School

Featuring Allan Savory of the Savory Institute and Harvard Chemist Mathieu Lalonde, Ph.D

2013 Forum on Food Labeling: Putting the Label on the Table

March 8-9, 2013 Harvard Law School

Harvard Food Law Society hosted its second annual conference, focusing this year on food labeling.

To select individual talks, please use the playlist feature.

History and Development of Food Labeling Law

Michael Roberts, Adjunct Professor, UCLA School of Law

Food Labels: Time to Modernize

Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest

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

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

The Voluntary Food Labeling Process from Conception to Approval: A Case Study

Jesse Laflamme, CEO and President of Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs

Litigation and Other Tools for Tackling Misleading Marketing Claims: Preventing Humanewashing

Carter Dillard, Director of Litigation, Animal Legal Defense Fund

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


Raw Milk Debate 

February 16, 2012 Harvard Law School

Harvard Food Law Society hosted a debate on the legal, nutritional, and safety aspects of raw milk.

The Sugar Epidemic: Policy versus Politics

Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, argues that it is time for a paradigm shift in obesity science and policy, away from personal responsibility and toward public health. His presentation elaborates on his contention that sugar, like alcohol, should not be treated as an ordinary commodity on the open market.

Recently featured in the New York Times Magazine, Dr. Lustig has become a leading pubic health authority on the impact sugar has on fueling the diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome epidemics, and on addressing changes in the food environment to reverse these chronic diseases.

2011 Forum on Food Policy: Nutrition Panel

The Harvard Food Law Society and the Let’s Talk about Food initiative hosted the inaugural Harvard Forum on Food Policy on October 21, 2011. In addition to individual presentations on food policy and public health, the Forum included a series of discussions with leading figures in the food movement. The nutrition panel explored the relationship between modern dietary patterns and disease and included the following participants:

Walter Willett, M.D., Dr. P.H.
Chair, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health/Harvard Medical School

Stephan Guyenet, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, University of Washington and blogger at Whole Health Source

David Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Optimal Weight for Life Clinic, Children’s Hospital Boston and Professor, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health

Robert Lustig, M.D.
Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco