food law and policy

Welcome to the Food Court included as one of Canada's Top Legal Podcasts by Glen Jameson

GSJ&Co.'s podcast, Welcome to the Food Court, was included as one of ten top podcasts on law in Canada. The Canadian Law Firm Strategy Blog described WTTFC as being thoughtful and engaging. You can review the article (and find nine other great podcasts on law) here, and subscribe on iTunes or SoundCloud.

Episode 5: Ryan Donovan on Tipping and the Ethics of Generosity by Glen Jameson

Ryan Donovan co-owns Richmond Station, one of Canada's top restaurants. Armed with a philosophy degree, a devotion to whole animal butchery, and a detailed knowledge of the hospitality sector, Ryan speaks about the hospitality workplace and the challenges of running a restaurant when you can't control who gets paid what - particularly when it comes to tipping.

I was a server and I benefited from the hospitality status quo that we discuss. A younger me felt strongly about tipping. But with the Pulitzer winning work by Kathleen Kingsbury and others, along with the simple problem that many restaurants experience of trying to staff a kitchen, there are some gaping holes in that argument. And that change may be afoot.

While I was editing this episode, I got to thinking: Welcome to the Food Court has an unusual format. It's a one-on-one conversation that results in a deliberately long-form discussion, to examine issues in a deep-dive manner. Conversations about food law issues are often reductionist in nature, whereas the subject matter is typically expansive and immersive once that conversation has begun - even WTTFC, at roughly an hour per episode, has to put up boundaries. But at least it allows for something that is more fleshed out and I think episodes like this one benefit from that greatly. Let me know on twitter what you like or dislike. I'm at @gsjameson.

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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.

Episode 3-1: Aabir Dey on Seed Security by Glen Jameson

In an age where almost all Canadian grain/corn/soy/sugar/alfalfa is proprietarily grown and everything else is grown from seed that is imported from abroad, Aabir and the Bauta Initiative are saying that our seed system needs some help to retain characteristics like "regionally adapted," "open source," "biodiverse germplasm," and "secure seed". Aabir speaks clearly and with insight on how ecological vegetable farmers need some help and how the farer service as a producer of food and public good needs to be reexamined at a policy and legal level. Canada doesn't have a celebrity chef like Dan Barber to bring into the mainstream these major issues of agricultural policy. If we have more people like Aabir and his colleagues working on the issue, maybe that's okay. Maybe their voices will be heard.

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