*HLS 2542. Disruptive Food Technologies: Law, Politics, and Policy

Feeding a growing population within planetary limits is a key question of our time. This reading group will explore and assess the merits and risks of technological solutions to food insecurity and climate change. We will discuss and debate the key socioeconomic, political, and regulatory issues related to novel food technologies, such as gene-editing, plant-based meat, dairy, and eggs, and cellular agriculture, the emerging science of producing animal products from cells instead of from live animals. The emergence of these technologies can be highly disruptive not only to the agricultural industry and livelihoods of those stakeholders, but to consumers and their sociocultural interactions with the products. We will examine the roles of policymakers, businesses, and the public in deploying disruptive food technologies in a way that advances sustainability, health, and equity.

Note: This reading group will meet on the following dates: 9/12, 9/19, 10/3, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14


Nicole Negowetti








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