Summer Writing Updates

This week marks the end of a busy few weeks of writing. In addition to my regular Reason columns (including a recent one opposing Pres. Trump's outrageous food tariffs and another on state preemption of local food-and-beverage taxes), I've also got a piece on the USDA's proposed GMO-labeling regulations that will appear in an upcoming issue of the print magazine. In addition, Creators Syndicate recently ran an editorial that was centered on a column I'd written on Congress's consideration of the Farm Bill.

Last week, in my latest piece for the New Food Economy, I discussed how the Texas state health department has unreasonably and illegally misinterpreted the state's cottage food law to ban most types of pickles in the state. The article led to other media mentions, including an appearance this week on Texas Public Radio.

Yesterday, I turned in to the editors of the Loyola Consumer Law Review an article I'd been working on for several months that focuses on assessing consumer perceptions of class-action food litigation. The article, which follows my appearance as an invited panelist at the law review's spring symposium, is set to be published by the law review in the fall.

As always, stay tuned here for more news. And make sure to follow me on Twitter for the latest timely updates on my work.


My Piece on Food & Sustainability in the Delaware Journal of Public Health

I have a new piece in the Delaware Journal of Public Health on ways that food rules often handcuff sustainability and hurt public health. The piece, Policies that Challenge Food Sustainability and Public Health, is based largely on the issues and topics I focus on in my forthcoming book, Biting the Hands that Feed Us, but with a more specific focus both on public health and on issues relevant to Delaware readers.

Here's an excerpt from the article, which is part of an issue that's devoted solely to food:

Our food system is awash in rules. Some of these rules—like those that help keep toxins or harmful bacteria out of the food supply—are vitally important. But many food rules are wasteful and counterproductive.
Rather than combating many of the environmental, economic, and health problems that plague our food system, such rules instead exacerbate these problems. Consider that local laws on the books in many cities around the country prohibit people from growing fruits and vegetables in their yards. If produce can be expensive, and if there are important public-health benefits to be gained from eating more fruits and vegetables, then laws that make it more difficult to grow one’s own food are simply counterproductive.

Read the rest of the article and the full issue of the Delaware Journal of Public Health here. My article appears on pp. 18-19.