food policy

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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Episode 1: Carly Dunster and how to build a happier kitchen by Glen Jameson

Carly and Glenford discuss the Burnham ComplaintJen Agg’s Kitchen Bitches ConferenceRene Redzepi and David Chang’s perspective on managing a kitchen, and examine some of the opportunities available to restaurant owners and managers to create a better workplace. about how to design a healthier hospitality kitchen by asking the question: are 21st century chefs still working in 20th century work environments?

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