Collaborative Research Networks

CRN26  Law and Food Systems


Alfonso Morales, Christine Parker

The regulation of food dates back to the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 and it contributed to the legal scaffolding of modern food systems – i.e., the chain of activities that link food production, distribution, wholesale, retail, consumption, and disposal. The dynamic social and economic environment means that food systems invoke law in multiple ways and across several jurisdictions, and consequently, it is an incredibly complex institutional environment that few, if any, people understand in its entirety.  Many disciplines are engaging in food system research but given the importance of food in our everyday lives, it demands increasing attention from law and society scholars.  This CRN facilitates the interdisciplinary research required by this complex field of study.


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