Food Law and Regulation

Course Details

Course Number
NUTR 284

Course Description

This interdisciplinary course focuses on food law, an area where many important legal, environmental, economic, and social justice concepts intersect in our society. Students will engage in analysis of the following topics: national regulation of food (production, safety, labeling, and marketing); food and consumer rights; food technology and the law (biotechnology, genetic modification of crops and livestock); food production (including an overview of the farm bill, the National Organic Program, and alternative food systems); food, energy, and water; food, nutrition, and public health; and food justice, including issues of equity, food access, land and labor rights.The course will introduce students to legal research, analysis, and writing. It will challenge students to understand and analyze a complex regulatory area where problem solving often requires careful assessment of various branches and levels of government (local, state, and federal), administrative authorities, and potential causes of action (statutory and common law). The course also explores the policy issues, intra-governmental relationships, and political dynamics that shape the regulation of food. Enrollment limited to 20 students. Instructor: Nicole Negowetti, J.D. 


NUTR 0203: Fundamentals of Nutrition Policy & Programming: How Science & Practice Interact OR NUTR 0215: Fundamentals of U.S. Agriculture OR NUTR 0234: Basics of U.S. Public Policy and graduate standing or instructor consent.

Terms Offered

Semester/Term SIS Number Meeting Time Location Instructors
Spring 2019 20066 Tuesday 5:00pm - 8:00pm Jaharis 155 N/A
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