Food and law

Authored by: Baylen J. Linnekin , Emily Broad Leib

Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782647
eBook ISBN: 9780203819227
Adobe ISBN: 9781136741661


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This chapter discusses the field of food law, including both describing existing areas of law pertinent to food law and identifying burgeoning subjects for research within the field. Topics include the history of food safety law in the United States; the regulation of food conducted by the Food and Drug Administration, United States Department of Agriculture, and other federal agencies; increasing food regulation at the state and local level; food and the environment; old and new conceptions of public health, including the growing focus on obesity and diet-related disease; food access, food insecurity and food deserts; and alternative food systems such as local, organic, and sustainable foods.

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