On Thursday February 28 at 12:00 PM, the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC will host a panel discussion on the topic of “Big Government and Big Food vs. Food Trucks, Foodies, and Markets.” Among the panelists are Reason food policy columnist and Keep Food Legal president Baylen Linnekin. Here is the official event description:

If you like your food local, organic, or from a truck, government regulation might be your biggest obstacle. American restaurants lobby to choke off food trucks, and federal regulation of food safety leads to more consolidation in the industry. Moreover, farmers markets struggle to survive under the heavy hand of government.

What if food safety regulation is not about limiting the germs in our dinner, but is rather about limiting competition in America’s food industry? What if federal and local rules actually protect incumbent businesses instead of consumers?

Join us for a panel discussion about food competition, regulation, and safety catered by the BBQ Bus food truck.

Panelists:
Emily Broad Leib, Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation
Baylen J. Linnekin, Keep Food Legal
Doug Povich, Food Truck Association and Red Hook Lobster Pound

Moderator:
Timothy P. Carney, AEI

Click here for registration information and other details.