Individuals and communities can improve the food system, according to members of the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, which has launched a yearlong, University-wide focus on how to make food distribution more equitable, sustainable, and nutritious.
The campaign kicks off this week, with each day focusing on a different theme — from food production to food waste — along with talks, field trips, cooking demonstrations, and of course, good food.
The Food Better campaign will run alongside the Deans’ Food System Challenge, a challenge in the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab) that invites creative and entrepreneurial students to develop innovative ideas to improve the health, social, and environmental outcomes of the food system, both in the United States and around the world. The challenge is co-sponsored by Dean Martha Minow of Harvard Law School and Dean Julio Frenk of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The official launch of the Food System Challenge is Oct. 27.
“Food is a universal issue, because everyone eats,” said Emily Broad Leib, director of the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic. “We’re hoping with this campaign to show Harvard’s ongoing commitment to improving our food system. And we’re hoping students will get involved and take away ideas about how individuals can improve the food system, such as reducing their food waste, making healthier choices, and supporting local farmers.” She added that she also imagines the Food Better week will build momentum and interest for students to participate in the i-lab Deans’ Food System Challenge.
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