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Food Labeling Conference @ HLS

Food Labeling

Putting the Label on the Table

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This 2-day event is open to the general public.

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Friday, March 8, 3–7:30pm
Austin Hall (Austin North and West)

Saturday, March 9, 9am–12pm
Pfizer Lecture Hall, Mallinckrodt Building,
12 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Detailed schedule below.

Link HERE. Register HERE.

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The Harvard Law School Food Law Society is thrilled to invite you to their second annual conference, Forum on Food Labeling: Putting the Label on the Table, on Friday, March 8th and Saturday, March 9th.

This conference will explore the legal and policy aspects of food labeling and its effects on consumer knowledge, choice, and behavior.

As a part of their mission to foster dialogue and exchange knowledge of emerging issues in food policy and regulation, The Harvard Law School Food Law Society's second annual conference will explore the legal and policy aspects of food labeling and its effects on consumer knowledge, choice, and behavior. Their forum will bring together a host of authorities on food law and policy to raise discussion on 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?

Sponsored by the Harvard Food Law Society (with support from Animal Welfare Approved, the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Let’s Talk About Food, the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, the HLS Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, and the Environmental Law Society.)

FRIDAY 3/8 - Austin Hall (Austin North and West)

3:00-3:45 Arrival & Welcome

3:45-6:00 Session 1

3:45-4:15 Food Labeling from a Historical and Legal Perspective

4:20-4:50 Politics of Food Labeling: How Lobbyists and Other Forces Determine What You Know

5:00-6:00 Panel: From Nutrition Facts to Front-of-Pack: What is the Ideal Food Label?

6:00-6:30 Light Refreshments

6:30-7:30 Keynote: Modern Food Labels -- An Overview of What's Good, What's Bad, and Why It Matters


**Saturday's session will be held at Pfizer Hall, located in the Mallinckrodt Building at 12 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138**

9:00-9:30 Arrival, Continental Breakfast

9:30-9:45 Welcome

9:45-12:00 Session 2

9:45-10:15 The Voluntary Food Labeling Process from Conception to Approval: A Case Study

10:20-10:50 Litigation and Other Tools for Tackling Misleading Marketing Claims: Preventing Humanewashing

11:00-12:00 Panel: Organic, All-Natural, Heart Healthy: How to Regulate Marketing Claims on Food Packages to Better Serve and Protect Consumers

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Free for students with ID.


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  • laurent a.

    spectacular! As we wrap up the day, I'm still amazed at all the terrific useful info we got from the conference. Suberbly organized. Thanks for making this happen via your Meetup Group :)

    March 8, 2013

  • Kerri

    Possibly bringing a colleague!

    March 2, 2013

  • chris

    I will need to be reminded of this event

    February 8, 2013

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