Maine Law Review Publishes Issue Dedicated to Food Laws and Policy

On February 23, 2013, the Maine Law Review organized a day-long conference in Portland, Maine, devoted to discussing emerging issues in food law and policy.  The event brought together more than a dozen legal scholars from around the country, and an audience comprised of members of the legal community, policymakers, farmers, and community organizers.  It became a forum for exploring the many ways in which people are challenging conventional thinking about U.S. food systems, and the hurdles they face in so doing.

To continue to facilitate the exchange of ideas about these important and relevant issues, the Maine Law Review has devoted much of Volume 65:2 to legal scholarship on food law and policy. The spring volume, which includes sixteen essays on a diverse range of food law and policy topics, is now published and available online at

Here’s a quick glance at the table of contents for the issue:

Colloquium: Local Food || Global Food:
Do We Have What It Takes to Reinvent the U.S. Food System?


Legal Institutions of Farmland Succession: Implications for Sustainable Food Systems
Jamie Baxter

From “Food Miles” to “Moneyball”: How We Should Be Thinking About Food and Climate
Bret C. Birdsong

The Symbolic Garden: An Intersection of the Food Movement and the First Amendment
Jaime Bouvier

Obesity Prevention Policies at the Local Level: Tobacco’s Lessons
Paul A. Diller

Zoning and Land Use Controls: Beyond Agriculture
Lisa M. Feldstein

Food Safety and Security in the Monsanto Era: Peering Through the Lens of a Rights Paradigm Against an Onslaught of Corporate Domination
Saby Ghoshray

The Renewable Fuel Standard: Food Versus Fuel?
Brent J. Hartman

The New England Food System in 2060: Envisioning Tomorrow’s Policy Through Today’s Assessments
Margaret Sova McCabe and Joanne Burke

A National “Natural” Standard for Food Labeling
Nicole E. Negowetti

Whatever Happened to the “Frankenfish”?: The FDA’s Foot-Dragging on Transgenic Salmon
Lars Noah

Follow the Leader: Eliminating Perverse Global Fishing Subsidies Through Unilateral Domestic Trade Measures
Anastasia Telesetsky

When Fox and Hound Legislate the Hen House: A Nixon-in-China Moment for National Egg-Laying Standards?
Lucinda Valero and Will Rhee

Preempting Humanity: Why National Meat Ass’n v. Harris Answered the Wrong Question
Pamela Vesilind

A Hungry Industry on Rolling Regulations: A Look at Food Truck Regulations in Cities Across the United States
Crystal T. Williams

How Reliance on the Private Enforcement of Public Regulatory Programs Undermines Food Safety in the United States: The Case of Needled Meat
Diana R. H. Winters

Liberty of Palate
Samuel R. Wiseman

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