food law

Episode 4: Jamie Baxter on Food Law Education by Glen Jameson

Welcome to the Food Court is back after a long holiday and work period. While we were away, we won Best New Blog at the 2015 Canadian Law Blog Awards, which is really exciting. Congratulations to all the other winners and many thanks to the folks at for putting together the annual awards.

On this episode of our now award-winning podcast, we're joined by Jamie Baxter, a professor at Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University to speak about food law in Canadian legal education. Jamie's developed an interest in food law at an academic and a personal level. That's a good thing, because no programs currently exist in Canada. Europe, sure. In the United States, certainly. But in Canada? Nothing.

We sit down and consider how legal education is changing in Canada, how law students are seeking different things than they have historically, and how developing a food law program is a real opportunity for academics, students, and practitioners alike.

Here are the food law and policy programs referenced in this episode: Harvard's Food Law and Policy Clinic, UCLA's Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy, Vermont Law School's Agricultural and Food Law Program, Michigan State University's Institute for Food Law and Regulation, Drake Law School's Agricultural and Food Law Certificate.

And here's the link to Alberta's Bill 6 - it has a name and is in force - the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act.

Know your picanhas from your kogelbiefstuk, CFIA and USDA create uniform meat cuts by Glen Jameson

In a world of near-infinite ways to butcher beef and other meats, North America has decided upon one unified way to prepare chicken breasts, beef hips and lamb chops and legs, which will now have the same meaning both north and south of the 49th parallel.

Great news for an importing/exporting wholesaler. And if you like your meat some other way (particularly if it crosses over cuts), remember to seek out and thank your local butcher who buys whole/half cows and can still make your picanha world cup dreams come true. #Brazil2014

The 2014 Budget is good for beer brewers and drinkers by Glen Jameson

The 2014 Budget has promised to take away antiquated restrictions on Canadians that prevents them from taking alcohol from one province to another and will create more flexible standards for experimental brewers. Given Ontario's booming craft brewing industry and expanding craft brewing consumption, both of these developments should create a more dynamic and competitive marketplace. Just remember that those hints of cardamom or nutmeg in your craft porter might not be from some nuanced and clever use of traditional ingredients after all: they'll actually be from a measured use of cardamom, or nutmeg.

Food Security in India. Can India afford it? Can they afford not to have it? by Glen Jameson

Linked below is an interesting analysis of India's new Food Security Act by the International Monetary Fund. The Act creates significant subsidies on rice, cereals and other grains in an effort to ensure that the Indian population can afford to eat, but the IMF also identifies the short and long term financial burdens that such a program will place on India's treasury. It will be interesting to see what kinds of near-term measurable effects are achieved by this legislation, outside of the immediate financial burden that any straight-line accounting could demonstrate. Depending on what effects are measured and to what degree they affect Indians could determine future legislative approaches food security legislation for many other nations.