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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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
America's beer market is changing, and giant beer companies are the hardest hit.
Neither can established restaurants.
We don't need more government to reduce food waste. Instead, we should be moving to eliminate the regulations that promote it.
If we want fresh oysters, good cheeses, and clean water, we should rethink how we regulate all three.
The U.S. government has pushed a lot of bad nutrition advice over the years. Maybe it should stop advising us on what to eat.
What exactly does an "added sugar" label tell us that the existing total sugar label does not? Nothing worthwhile.
A new study finds vegan and vegetarian men are embarrassed about their meat-free diets. They shouldn't be.
"Irrational and even hysterical" reporting about glyphosate has served to poison the well of public opinion, says one researcher
Allergen labeling is hard work that's done often, and often done wrong.
WeWork's efforts to influence employee behavior might rate as stupid, but they're not tyranny
Will Philly soda tax win cause local food taxes to "bubble up," or could it spur still more states to squash local food taxes?
The state health department can't stop meddling with cottage bakers
Food prices are rising, and they're likely to soar even more
Once again, bad laws beget bad regulations
Our current system of federal food regulation is expensive and dangerous
Carrefour used artful civil disobedience and smart marketing to challenge ridiculous regulations.