Innovative Foods with Transparent Labels that Will Have the Next Pandemic for Breakfast

LAW AND ECONOMICS OF THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS, Klaus Mathis and Avishalom Tor, eds. (Springer, Forthcoming)

Peking University School of Transnational Law Research Paper

36 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2021

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Danny Friedmann

Peking University School of Transnational Law; Peking University School of Transnational Law

Date Written: June 28, 2021

Abstract

Continued factory farming makes a new viral pandemic ineluctable. Plant-based and cell-cultured food (together “innovative food”) producers use animal-based food names to signal a similar function, use, and taste, but without the negative externalities of the animal-based foods in regard to health, sustainability and ethicality. In the US and EU, the market share of animal-based products is shrinking. The animal-based food producers in the US have insisted on “Truth in Labeling” measures to exclude innovative foods from using animal-based food names, even though empirical research demonstrates that it does not lead to consumer confusion. The European Parliament has approved Amendment 171 to Regulation (EU) No. 1308/2013 to extend the dairy ban, even though it conflicts with the policy goals in the Farm to Fork Strategy to transition to a system of health, sustainability, clear information, and the implied goal of ethicality.

Keywords: plant-based food, cell-cultured food, transparency in labels, health, sustainability, ethicality

JEL Classification: I18, I31, K00, K30, K32, Q01, Q12, Q16, Q18, Q20, Q21, Q22, Q28, Q53, Q54, Q56, Q40

Suggested Citation

Friedmann, Danny, Innovative Foods with Transparent Labels that Will Have the Next Pandemic for Breakfast (June 28, 2021). LAW AND ECONOMICS OF THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS, Klaus Mathis and Avishalom Tor, eds. (Springer, Forthcoming), Peking University School of Transnational Law Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3875410 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3875410

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