Baylen Linnekin is a food lawyer, scholar, and adjunct law professor. He's the author of Biting the Hands that Feed Us: How Fewer, Smarter Laws Would Make Our Food System More Sustainable (Island Press 2016). Linnekin serves on the board of directors of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund.
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Warning labels on subjectively “unhealthy” food haven’t taken hold in this country. But they’ve swept through Latin America in recent years.
Bad laws can cause problems long after they've been passed and forgotten.
Campus food police are making inroads all over America
This is bending the Lanham Act until it nearly breaks
School lunches are unlikely to improve, whatever the lawsuit’s outcome.
An open immigration policy means letting people from anywhere work for whatever amount they want.
Massachusetts Voters May Finally Get a Chance To Repeal the State's Awful Cap on Beer and Wine Sales
For too long, state lawmakers have played favorites with booze laws. Will they finally let voters decide where they can buy?
Or maybe not. We probably need more research.
Running a restaurant is hard enough without government micromanagers trying to stir the pot.
What's in a name? Money, apparently.
The law is an ass, cleft and all.
The state's heavily regulated restaurant industry thinks beer gardens have it too easy
The moral arc of the universe is actually a squiggly line
Americans have long provided migrants with food and water. Why are we now treating that like a crime?
The state's food freedom law has been a boon to indie cooks and farmers, and an irritant to regulatory busybodies
As messy as things are, they could get uglier still.
The suit alleges that Houston's law violates elements of the First, Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments
“Neither de facto [GMO] bans nor mandatory labeling can be justified.”
New laws allow Americans to belly up to the asphalt buffet.
As the behest of agricultural lobbies, regulators around the world are making food marketing way more complicated than it needs to be.
Let the people pick berries!
For the children, of course
The craft beer industry can only go as far as lawmakers will allow.
It's time to let the free market dictate dairy production.
We still know very little about whether regulations meant to curb obesity actually do so.
After cracking down on sugar, salt, and trans fats, the agency's turn against CBD is hardly unexpected.
At a time of civil unrest, France's government wants to push retail food prices even higher.
Global food police want to treat meat and sugar products like tobacco.
North Dakota public health bureaucrats, the state grocery lobby, and lawmakers should take note of the law's popularity among consumers
Small producers are already feeling the pain of Canada's new food safety law.
SCOTUS' decision not to hear the case could lead to a vicious food fight between the states
British health officials are ready to tax tasty food out off shelves.
Dollar stores are the latest target of advocates who want to improve food offerings by limiting them
Despite the recent recalls, America's food supply is remarkably safe. But it's not now, and likely won't ever be, perfectly safe.
Taste is subjective and food producers have to deal with it