Biting the Hands that Feed Us

Food waste, hunger, inhumane livestock conditions, and disappearing fish stocks—these are exactly the kind of issues we expect food regulations to combat. Yet today in the United States laws exist at all levels of government that actually worsen these problems. Baylen J. Linnekin (SESP ’01), author of Biting the Hands that Feed Us (Island Press 2016), introduces readers to the perverse causes and consequences of many of today’s food laws. Some of these rules constrain the sale of “ugly” fruits and vegetables, relegating bushels of tasty but misshapen carrots and strawberries to landfills. Others put small, artisanal producers at a severe disadvantage compared to their larger competitors. Still other laws restrict people from raising or even sharing fruits, vegetables, and other foods. This webinar will be of particular interest to people who are tired of partisan bickering and who care about food, sustainability, public policy, law, and regulation.

Details About the Webinar

Thursday, Sep 28, 2017
1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Cost: Free

All you will need is your computer, a strong internet connection and the speakers on!

A link to join the webinar will be in the confirmation email following registration.

A recording of the webinar will be sent to all registrants following the live event--you don't need to be available for the live event and you're welcome to view the recording as often as you'd like!

About the Speaker

Linnekin_hires_2 Baylen Linnekin Baylen J. Linnekin is a food lawyer, author, scholar, lecturer, and adjunct law professor. He is a founding board member of the Academy of Food Law & Policy and also serves on the board of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. Linnekin’s peer-reviewed book, Biting the Hands That Feed Us: How Fewer, Smarter Laws Would Make Our Food System More Sustainable (Island Press, 2016), reveals how federal, state, and local regulations often proscribe sustainable food practices. Recently, he’s served as an expert witness in a federal skim-milk labeling case; wrote and submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in Horne v. USDA, the “raisin takings case;” and organized more than a dozen fellow Food Law & Policy scholars to submit an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit’s “ag gag” case.

Linnekin’s scholarly writings have appeared in the Wisconsin Law Review, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Chapman University Law Review, Northeastern University Law Journal, and elsewhere. He’s been cited in dozens of top law reviews and journals, including the Stanford Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Cornell Law Review, Southern California Law Review, George Washington Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, and elsewhere. His research is also cited in Food Law in the United States, a new treatise. Linnekin has spoken at Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, and University of Chicago Law School— each on multiple occasions—and at Duke Law School, Tulane Law School, Pepperdine Law School, Drake Law School, and dozens of other law schools and universities. He has served as a guest lecturer at Harvard Law School, Wake Forest Law School, and elsewhere. Linnekin has also spoken at think tanks such as the Urban Institute and Heritage Foundation, lectured to foreign food-safety regulators, and served as a panelist at CLEs and other conferences around the country.

Linnekin’s popular-press writings have been published by the Boston Globe, N.Y. Post, Des Moines Register, Huffington Post, New Food Economy, VICE, Playboy, Reason—where he’s written a weekly food-law column since 2012—and elsewhere. He has offered expert commentary on NPR, MSNBC, Fox Business Channel, BBC Radio, and more than 150 other radio and TV programs across the country and around the world. He has been quoted by the Wall St. Journal, Washington Post, L.A. Times, Yahoo News, Chicago Tribune, Politico, Wilson Quarterly, ABA Journal, National Review, Bloomberg News, Reuters, Agence France-Presse, Voice of America, and many others.

Linnekin earned an LL.M. in agricultural and food law from the University of Arkansas School of Law, where he was the Leland Leatherman Fellow; a J.D. from Washington College of Law, where he was a Dean’s Fellow and served on the editorial board of the Administrative Law Review; an M.A. in learning sciences from Northwestern University; and a B.A. in sociology from American University. He lives with his partner of more than 20 years in Seattle, where he enjoys hiking, volunteering, and tending a small organic garden plot.


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