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TEDxHarvardLaw - Emily Broad Leib - Law and the Future of the Food Movement

Well-crafted food policy should fulfill a range of goals, including increasing access to healthy foods, improving economic development for small producers, reducing obesity and diet-related disease, and increasing food security. Despite its crucial role, no government agency is devoted solely to food policy. Dozens of agencies at all levels of government sculpt the laws that impact our food system, leading to uncoordinated policy that hinders emerging food initiatives like farmers markets, community-supported agriculture, or urban farming. New federal policies are clearly needed, but state and local food-related laws also have great potential to improve the food system and are ripe for change. Lawyers must play a central role in the food movement, in both breaking down legal barriers to consumer food access and producer market entry and helping to craft new and innovative policies critical for improvement in our food system. The need for legal assistance in the food movement is real; lawyers and law schools need to start filling it.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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