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About the Resnick Program

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The Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy is dedicated to studying and advancing law and policy solutions to improve the modern food system.  A national think tank at UCLA Law, the Resnick Program develops key legal and policy research and tools to foster a food system – from the farm to the fork – that is healthy both for consumers and the environment.     
“UCLA School of Law recently received a $4 million gift from the Resnick Family Foundation – and as much as $3 million in additional matching funds – to establish the first program at a top-tier American law school that will explore ways to hasten improvements in the modern food system.” - UCLA School of Law Magazine

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The Resnick Food Law and Policy Program adopts a consumer orientation towards the modern food system.  The Program recognizes that the modern food system affects the daily lives of all consumers and will shape health, economic, social, and environmental issues for generations of consumers to come.  Taking advantage of its home in a global city of millions of consumers and diverse food cultures and in a state that grows more food than anywhere else in the world, the Program is uniquely situated to studying food law and policy.

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Through the publication and dissemination of innovative scholarship and analysis, the Resnick Program helps facilitate dialogue with policymakers and practitioners on important food issues.  By identifying research needs on food issues, the Program seeks to drive the agenda for research and reform in this critical and emerging area of scholarship and teaching.  The Program also sponsors visiting scholars and leading thinkers from across the globe.
​The Resnick Program explores a broad range of food law and policy topics, including nutrition, obesity, labeling, food impact litigation, sustainability, environmental issues, food systems, food safety, food fraud, urban agriculture, international food law and standards, private standards, hunger, social justice, food entrepreneurialism, school gardens, local food, food access, intellectual property, and animal welfare.
The Resnick Program’s approach to food law and policy issues is to integrate extensively with other entities.  The Program collaborates closely with UCLA’s world-class medical, public health, public policy, and sustainability programs, as well as with other UCLA Law leading institutes, centers, and programs.  Recognizing the national and global scope of food issues, the Program also affiliates and collaborates with universities and government and non-government institutions in the United States and around the world.
The Resnick program features an educational component with high-caliber symposia and conferences, classes, and workshops.  Starting in the fall of 2014, an Introduction to Food Law and Policy course will be offered.  The Food Law and Policy seminar course, which has been offered at UCLA Law for the last three years, will continue to allow students to engage in an in-depth exploration of a topic of interest via individual papers and projects.  Starting in the spring of 2014, specialized courses on food law and policy will be offered.  The first such specialized course is titled, Environmental Law of Agriculture. 
Student Opportunities
A central mission of the Resnick Program is to attract, train, and support tomorrow’s food law and policy leaders.  We provide students with opportunities to work at the forefront of food policy and to learn from leaders in the field.  The Program is pleased to announce that in 2013, a Student Food Law Society was formed at UCLA Law.

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