American Food Governance

Section 1ZO, Spring 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 6/25
Credits: 3

Course Description

In the United States, food is big business; it is governed by a range of public and private actors; heavily regulated across multiple layers of government; has a significant impact on public health and the environment; and on top of it all, in a disgraceful irony, tens of millions of Americans are food insecure in one of the richest nations on Earth, where food is routinely destroyed. This course explores the laws, regulatory decisions, litigation, and private industry behaviors that collectively govern the American food system. Topics to be covered include: the origins of agricultural policy, farm subsidies, and the Farm Bill; the impact of legal rules on food markets and competition; food stamps (now “SNAP”) and foreign food aid; federal agency jurisdiction; the powers and limitations of federal, state, and local governments to regulate food; civil and criminal enforcement; challenges raised by industrial-scale food manufacturing and agriculture; corporate oversight and supply chain management; food labeling; and emerging technologies

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at end of semester.
Final Exam Notes:

Flex exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

General Information

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Public Syllabus Link: None
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