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Food Law and Policy Clinic

What We Do

The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic serves partner organizations, communities, and governments in the U.S. and globally by providing law and policy guidance on food system issues.
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Since 2010, the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) has served partner organizations and communities in the U.S. and around the world by providing guidance on cutting-edge food system issues, while engaging law students in the practice of food law and policy. FLPC is committed to advancing a cross-sector, multi-disciplinary and inclusive approach to its work, building partnerships with academic institutions, government agencies, non-profit organizations, private sector actors, and civil society with expertise in public health, the environment, and the economy. FLPC’s work focuses on increasing access to healthy foods, supporting sustainable and equitable food production, reducing waste of healthy, wholesome food, and promoting community-led food system change.

As a teaching clinic of Harvard Law School, FLPC also seeds the next generation of food law experts by engaging law students in conducting these projects, providing mentorship and action-learning opportunities.

FLPC is humbled to work with some of the world’s leading organizations, helping to promote innovative and meaningful growth in the food law and policy space. This includes past and ongoing collaborations with the Natural Resources Defense Council, ReFED, World Wildlife Fund, the Navajo Nation, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, The Global FoodBanking Network, the Mississippi Food Policy Council, the Massachusetts Farm to School Project, the Rhode Island Food Policy Council, Appalachian Diabetes Coalitions, Boston Office of Food Access, Center for EcoTechnology, Community Servings, and many others. We encourage those interested in working with FLPC or organizations that need legal and policy assistance to improve food systems to contact us at flpc@law.harvard.edu. 

Food Law & Policy
Focus Areas

Approximately one-third of the world’s food is lost or wasted. We are at the forefront of policy efforts to reduce food waste and promote the recovery of safe food in the United States and around the world.

We provide communities with the tools they need to identify challenges in their food system, understand the legal policy changes that could address the root causes of those problems, and implement changes through policy advocacy.
Understanding the role that nutrition plays in shaping health outcomes, we identify and promote key legal and policy levers that increase people’s physical and economic access to nutritious and safe foods.
Food is fundamental, and so too are the systems to produce it. Our work supports the creation of healthier, more equitable, and more sustainable food production.

Students: Learn About Our Clinic & Courses

As a clinical teaching program of Harvard Law School, FLPC provides a range of learning opportunities and experiences for students interested in food law, policy, and advocacy. Learn about our Food Law and Policy Clinic, as well as the courses taught by our faculty and staff.

Featured Project

The Global Food Donation Policy Atlas

FLPC recently published new research from The Global Food Donation Policy Atlas project, a first-of-its-kind initiative comparing food donation laws and policies across the globe.

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