What is Food Law & Policy?


According to a 2014 article in the Wisconsin Law Review by Emily Broad Leib and Baylen Linnekin, Food Law & Policy is the study of the basis and impact of all of the laws and regulations that govern the food and beverages we grow, raise, produce, transport, buy, sell, distribute, share, cook, eat, and drink.


Food Law & Policy embraces a broad study of laws, regulations, and policies at all levels of government that impact the food system. This includes, but is by no means limited to, local regulations pertaining to farmers markets, food trucks, or restaurants; state laws governing alcohol or food safety; and federal policies pertaining to genetically modified foods, obesity, hunger, and animal welfare.