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The case of 1942 agricultural law case of Wickard v. Filburn is referenced frequently in the news as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on the constitutionally of the federal health care law. As the New York Times reported yesterday:If the Obama administration persuades the Supreme Court to...
The Sacramento Bee ran a front-page story today about proposed legislation that would alter how the state regulates food production and sale. Here's an excerpt from Torey Van Ort's story:California is no stranger to major food policy measures, including a ban on foie gras that is set to go into...
The increasing problem of food insecurity in America has led Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy to choose Hunger and Food Insecurity as its 2012 special issue topic. The announcement can be found on the Shriver Brief blog in a post by Michele Host, Clearinghouse Review...
One of my goals as an educator has been to encourage better communication and better understanding between agricultural and non-agricultural communities, and a recent focus has involved farmers and non-farm consumers. Agricultural law has sometimes developed in a vacuum, with the...
U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald, Southern District of New York, last week dismissed a lawsuit that a group of organic farmers, seed companies and food safety groups had filed in March, 2011, against agribusiness giant Monsanto Corporation. The plaintiffs acted preemptively, essentially...
The following post was written by Lauren McIntosh, a third-year law student at Pace University. Lauren and I are two of the observers designated by the American Society of International Law to attend the United Nation's 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Rural women are a focus...
The Texas Supreme Court issued a water law ruling this week that was cheered by those advocating for strong property rights and sharply criticized by environmentalists and others concerned about water use going forward. Given water shortages in many areas and American agriculture's dependency...
. . . and other arguments in a spirited debate over the ethics of killing animals for food, fur, and/or leather.
That's the topic of several recent stories out of California.A few days ago, the San Francisco Chronicle ran this front-page story about the diminished profitability of cattle ranching, particularly in California where land prices are so high. The story features Tim Koopman of Sunol. It's no...
The PBS News Documentary, Need to Know, did an informative episode on "food stamp" recipients last night, Portraits of Hunger: Stories of Americans on Food Stamps. It is a moving, yet objective look at what its like to be worried about food security in America. Almost half are children,...