Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Student Agriculture Law and Food Law Paper Contest

The Agricultural Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan is proud to present the first 
Student Agricultural Law Symposium
Symposium Date: November 7, 2014, beginning at 9:00 a.m. (lunch included)
Location: Michigan State University College of Law, 648 N. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, Michigan 48824 

Submission Deadline: Postmarked/emailed on or before September 30, 2014
Paper Topic: Agricultural or Food Law Issue
Awards: First Place: $500 Second Place: $250 Third Place: $100

Eligibility: Current law students and recent graduates (graduated Spring 2013 or later) from law schools in Michigan. Students attending any of Michigan’s law schools are welcome to submit a paper.

Symposium Purpose: To encourage student contribution to the field of agricultural and food law by providing a forum for students to present papers to professionals in the agricultural and food law community.

Symposium Format: Students who submitted the top papers will be chosen to present at the symposium. 15-minute presentation to a panel of judges made up of professionals in Michigan's agricultural and food law community; 5-minute question/answer session. Judges will choose a first, second and third place winner.

Submission Guidelines: Students are invited to submit a paper 20/30 pages in length (minimum 5000 words) on an agricultural or food law topic. Students may submit a paper written for a law school seminar or directed research. A review committee will review and select the best papers evidencing relevancy to Michigan agriculture and food industry, quality of research and writing clarity. Students who submitted the top papers will be invited to present at the symposium.
Students are to submit papers to Sarah Harwood. Students should not put their name on their paper but should instead include the last four digits of their phone number on each page. Submit a cover sheet that contains name and contact information, including telephone number. If submitting electronically, include this information in your email.

Sarah Harwood
Abbott, Nicholson, Quilter, Esshaki & Youngblood, P.C. 300 River Place, Suite 3000
Detroit, MI 48207-4225

Please contact Kristiana Coutu, State Bar of Michigan Agricultural Law Section Chair or Brad Deacon, Adjunct Professor (Agriculture Law), Michigan State University College of Law

Symposium Registration: Symposium is free and open to all. Details can also be found on the Agricultural Law Section Website

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

FDA ONLDS Director Opening

The FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) is seeking interested candidates for the Director, Office of Nutrition, Labeling and Dietary Supplements (ONLDS). More information is available here.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Visiting Scholar, John Bowman, USAID

On April 9, Dr. John Bowman of USAID's Bureau of Food Security will give a lecture at 4 pm in 1135 Anthony, titled: "A career in international agriculture and food security: From the fields to industry to USAID."

Monday, March 24, 2014

Food Fight: An Examination of Recent Trends in Food Litigation

Registration for conference, “Food Fight: An Examination of Recent Trends in Food Litigation and Where We Go From Here,” is now open.  The conference will take place at UCLA on Friday, April 11th, 2014. 

Registration includes entrance into the conference, light breakfast, lunch, and a networking reception. UCLA School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and this activity qualifies for 6.25 hours of general MCLE credit. Neal Fortin, Director or the MSU Institute for Food Laws and Regulations, is one of the speakers.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the website at
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Thursday, January 23, 2014


The International and Comparative Dimension of Food Law

Date: Friday, February 21th, 2014
Time: 9.30-12.30


Umberto IzzoMatteo Ferrari (University of Trento)

Neal Fortin (Professor and Director, Institute for Food Laws & Regulations, Michigan State University)
The Perils of Comparative Food Law:  The United States and the European Union

Martin Holle (Professor for Food Law and Administrative Law at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences)
The Consumer Paradigm in Food Law: Time for a Change?

Francesco Planchenstainer (PhD, Cattolica University of Piacenza, Lawtech Trento)
Legal Responses to Food Safety Emergencies and Crises: A Comparative Assessment of U.S. and E.U. Law  

For more information, visit here

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Save the Date: Summer Academy in Global Food Law and Policy in Spain

The Summer Academy in Global Food Law and Policy is a one-week summer program that brings together practitioners, policymakers, industry representatives, and leading academics working in the field of food law and policy. It offers intensive training on the most innovative developments in global food regulation and provides a unique opportunity for professional development and networking in an informal and interdisciplinary setting. By talking, studying, and interacting with food experts from all over the world, participants are able to gain new perspectives into both their own sectors and international regulatory issues. This is achieved by combining traditional classroom instruction with experiential learning opportunities offered by dedicated and distinguished international experts.

The 6th edition of the Academy will take place from Monday, 21 July, to Friday, 25 July, 2014, in Bilbao, Spain. The choice of this vibrant city will enable participants to benefit from the 
geographical location between the Atlantic sea and the Rioja region, as well as its distinctive architectural landscapes (with the Guggenheim Museum, Norman Foster's Underground, the towers by Arata Isozaki and C├ęsar Pelli). For more information, please visit here.

The Summer Academy may be taken as a 3 credit, graduate-level course from Michigan State University.  Contact if you are interested in enrolling for graduate credit. If you wish only to attend as a seminar, enroll here.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Lecture: Social Network Models of Food Safety Standards Worldwide, and Impacts on Trade and Health

"A Tangled Web:  Social Network Models of Food Safety Standards Worldwide, and Impacts on Trade and Health"

Felicia Wu, PhD

Hannah Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Michigan State University

October 10, 2013
Patenge, C102 East Fee Hall, 4:00 p.m.

When nations make decisions about setting food safety standards, the impacts go far beyond the public health impacts of the nations' populations.  These standards have effects on a nation's main trading partners, as well as on the entire global network of nations trading particular commodities.  There are also effects on the distribution of more contaminated vs. less contaminated foods worldwide.  Two case studies, which involve social network models of global food trade, are presented in this lecture.  The first is on maize trade and the impact of aflatoxin regulations. Aflatoxin, produced by the fungi Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus, is a potent carcinogen found most commonly in maize and nuts.  We find that like attracts like: nations trade maize with other nations that have identical or very similar standards, and rarely do pairs of nations' trade maize if their total aflatoxin standards are different by more than 5 ng/g.  The second is on pistachio trade.  We find that differential aflatoxin standards force market segregation on a global scale, with stricter nations importing primarily from one nation and less strict nations importing primarily from another.  Potential economic and global health effects associated with these regulations are described.  In the end is a story of hope: an epidemiological study conducted in Qidong, China, of the decrease in liver cancer mortality over a 30-year timeframe due to reduced aflatoxin exposure through switching from maize consumption to rice consumption in the population.



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