2013 Forum on Food Labeling


Our second annual conference explored the legal and policy aspects of food labeling and its effects on consumer knowledge, choice, and behavior. Our forum brought together a host of authorities on food law and policy to discuss a number of pressing questions, including: What should we know about what’s in our food and how it is grown? What considerations should inform these decisions? Are food labels a meaningful tool to encourage better nutrition choices?

Videos from the conference are available on our YouTube channel.

See our conference webpage for more information.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Location: Harvard Law School, Austin North and West
1563 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
  • 3:00-3:45 Arrival & Welcome
  • 3:45-6:00 Session 1
    • 3:45-4:15 History and Development of Food Labeling Law, Michael Roberts, Adjunct Professor, UCLA School of Law
    • 4:20-4:50 Food Labels: Time to Modernize, Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest
    • 5:00-6:00 Panel: From Nutrition Facts to Front-of-Pack: What is the Ideal Food Label?, featuring: Helen Falco, Director of Nutrition & Health Policy, Coca Cola; Rebecca Goldberg, Attorney, Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Chief Counsel; Jennifer Pomeranz, Director of Legal Initiatives, Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, Yale University 
  • 6:00-6:30 Light Refreshments
  • 6:30-7:30 Keynote: Modern Food Labels – The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and Why We Need Them, Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., Director, Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group, Consumer Reports

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Location: Pfizer Lecture Hall, Mallinckrodt Building
12 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA
  • 9:00-9:45 Arrival, Welcome, Continental Breakfast
  • 9:45-12:00 Session 2
    • 9:45-10:15 The Voluntary Food Labeling Process from Conception to Approval: A Case Study, Jesse LaFlamme, CEO and President of Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs
    • 10:20-10:50 Litigation and Other Tools for Tackling Misleading Marketing Claims: Preventing Humanewashing, Carter Dillard, Director of Litigation, Animal Legal Defense Fund
    • 11:00-12:00 Panel: Organic, All-Natural, Heart Healthy: How to Regulate Marketing Claims on Food Packages to Better Serve and Protect Consumers, featuring: Michael Crupain, M.D., Consumer Reports; Andrew Gunther, Animal Welfare Approved; Christina Roberto, Harvard School of Public Health