Law For Food: The law affects what you eat. What you buy to eat affects the law.

Big News
18 February 2010, 12:06 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , ,

Well, it’s been quiet here for almost eighteen months. I apologize, and I wanted to break the silence with some big news that is going to a) bring back the lawforfood blog, and b) change the shape of local agriculture in New England.

Announcing (or rather, pre-announcing) Law for Food, the firm.

Together with a partner, I’m launching a law firm to support a lot of what I used to talk about here. It’s a tremendous risk, as well as a tremendous opportunity. More than that, it’s why I decided to go to law school in the first place. I wanted to work for a place like Law for Food, but I couldn’t find one, so I and my partner are making one for ourselves.

In the next few months, this site will make its way over to its new home at as we launch the firm, and the website. Stay tuned for more!


Planning ahead…
5 August 2008, 12:26 pm
Filed under: The Long Now, Uncategorized

This really is the way to run a culture.

What have you done to plan for the very distant future?

The tide is turning…
31 July 2008, 9:41 pm
Filed under: Food Safety, Raw Milk

See here.

Lawyer or Person?
30 July 2008, 3:58 pm
Filed under: Apparently, Law School

Sorry, I’m in the middle of some interviews and other career-minded stuff and haven’t had time to write up about the PA raw milk statutes. I hope to have those done next week.

Meantime, I thought this essay on the problems with U.S. legal education was strikingly good. I have often said that law schools should better focus on narrative, rather than the stilted dialectic of the Socratic method. Unfortunately, the Socratic method scales a lot better than hiring good professors.

Turf War
22 July 2008, 12:46 pm
Filed under: Energy Costs, Food and Energy, Regulation, Uncategorized

More on Raw Milk in Pennsylvania tomorrow. Today I found very interesting the Turf Wars article in this weeks’ New Yorker. It’s been my intuition that as energy and food costs rise, particularly if the economy begins to really slip, we’re going to see a great deal of suburban and urban yard converted into “victory garden” use, but my fear is that these will go the way of the original victory gardens: that is, they will exist until economic conditions enable our return to irresponsibility. Of course, the the emergency may wind up being rather longer than we think.

Tangential to this, Matt Yglesias has a good bit of writing about offshore drilling (which is intended to increase the supply of energy) as compared to high-density mixed-use zoning (which is intended to decrease the demand for energy).

Raw Milk Pennsylvania
18 July 2008, 7:56 am
Filed under: Food and Health, Food Policy, Food Safety, Raw Milk

Keystone Staters may have reason to rejoice: identical legislation has been introduced in the state house and senate to make the sale of young raw milk cheeses legal. Stay tuned; Law for Food will be following this story as it develops in the next legislative session.

Cork Forests Threatened
9 July 2008, 7:30 pm
Filed under: Economics of Eating, Food and Ecology

Audubon Magazine has an article on the ecology of cork forests, now threatened as wine manufacturers move to more economical screw-top bottles. I don’t really have anything to add to the article, but I thought you might find it interesting.