Food Law at the Outset of the Trump Administration
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Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Research Paper No. 2017-7
11 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2017 Last revised: 26 May 2017
Date Written: March 24, 2017
In these first few months of the Trump presidency food policy has not been a focus, though the administration’s deregulatory agenda is a priority. The Trump administration’s anti-regulatory stance, lack of attention to important food policy positions, and indifference to food policy in general is itself, of course, a policy choice. Under the Trump administration, subnational policy efforts and this diffuse movement will drive any progress in food policy going forward.
Food law is important today for the same reasons that it was before November 8, 2016 — because of food’s effect on health, the environment, and the economy. Food policy remains one of the main levers by which we can work to address some of the most intractable problems of our time, including economic inequality and the effects of climate change. Moreover, a look at food law and policy is a window into potential effects of the new administration’s anti-regulatory stance and the way that state and local regulation will act to fill these gaps. In this essay I discuss what the field may face moving forward.
Keywords: Food Law, Administrative Law
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