Food and Agricultural Transformation — November 29, 2017

Snyder Takes InFACT to UCLA's Resnick Program for Food Law & Policy

Photo caption: Brian Snyder (left) with former U.S. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa (center) and Michael T. Roberts, Executive Director of the Resnick Program (right).

Brian Snyder, Executive Director of Ohio State’s Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT), recently attended the annual meeting of the advisory board of the Resnick Program for Food Law & Policy at the UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles, a program he has been involved with for the past four years. The Resnick Program is a think tank at UCLA that seeks legal and policy solutions in support of food systems that yield improved health and sustainability outcomes for all. As such, it is well aligned with the mission and goals of InFACT. The Resnick Program is headed by Michael T. Roberts, author of Food Law in the United States, a definitive textbook on the subject. 

This year’s advisory board meeting agenda included in-depth discussions of topics ranging from food labeling, sugar consumption, antibiotic resistance and use in agriculture, food fraud, and sustainable diets. Discussion and planning for the 5th Annual UCLA-Harvard Food Law Conference, which is scheduled to occur during the month of October 2018 in Los Angeles, also occurred. Snyder is working to get InFACT and Ohio State involved in that conference as well.

In close association with the Resnick Program for Food Law & Policy, UCLA School of Law has also launched a Food Law & Policy Clinic to bring new legal services to organizations that are expanding healthy food access and improving food environments, as well as those that are engaged in supporting a transition to sustainable food production and distribution. In addition to providing hands-on training to students, the Clinic is a catalytic tool for organizations working to shift the status quo in the food system. “I am hoping we can provide similar services to a broad array of community-based programs and new entrepreneurs here in Ohio, taking advantage of our Discovery Theme platform to go well beyond legal issues in doing so,” said Snyder.

Serving with Snyder on the advisory board are such public notables as former U.S. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa; noted Professor of Pediatrics and lecturer on the subjects of obesity and sugar consumption, Robert Lustig, MD of the University of California, San Francisco; former White House Executive Chef and Executive Director of Let’s Move, Sam Kass; founder of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, Paula Daniels; President of Roots of Change in Berkeley, Michael Dimock; and several others, including the program’s namesake, Stewart Resnick, a prominent agribusinessman and graduate of the UCLA School of Law.