Maine Law Review to host national discussion of Food Law

Dec. 19, 2012

PORTLAND, Maine – Top scholars from around the country will converge in Maine on Feb. 23 to participate in the Food Law Colloquium, hosted by the Maine Law Review at the University of Maine School of Law.

The event on Saturday, Feb. 23, is titled “Local Food, Global Food: Do we have what it takes to reinvent the U.S. food system?” It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Portland High School auditorium, 284 Cumberland Ave., Portland. The event is free and open to the public. The first 150 registrants may purchase a locally-sourced lunch, provided by Rosemont Market, for $10. To register online, click here.

The colloquium is an opportunity to hear more than a dozen legal scholars, policymakers, farmers and community members discuss and debate the future of the U.S. food system.

Here is a sampling of the topics that will be covered:

Broccoli, Milk, Soda, and the Future of Food Choice,” presented by Samuel Wiseman of the Florida State University College of Law.

The New England Food System in 2060: How Does Today’s Discussion Translate to Future Action?” presented by Joanne Burke of the University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute, and Margaret Sova McCabe of the UNH School of Law.

The Symbolic Garden: Urban Homesteading as Protected Expression,” presented by Jaime Bouvier of Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Food Safety in the Monsanto Era: Examining the Regulatory Framework of IP Inventions in Genetically Modified Bio-Pesticides,” presented by Saby Ghoshray, founder of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies.

The Maine Law Review is published twice annually by the students of the University of Maine School of Law. The journal has a diverse reading audience of legal scholars and students, practitioners, and judges. For more information and a complete list of topics and presenters, please visit


Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
Office: 207-228-8037/ Cell: 207-286-4431/ email:

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