MISSOULA — Montana has the strictest law in the nation governing the “sell by” date for milk, forcing grocers to dump untold thousands of gallons of perfectly good food every week.
That’s why a documentary film crew from Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic was in town on Friday to interview Pattee Creek Market owner Jim Edwards.
“This has been part of a long-running interest of ours that’s around how we’re wasting so much of the food we produce in the U.S. We’re looking at how these laws – like the law we’re looking at in Montana – are the cause of that waste,” said clinic director Emily Broad Leib.
Emily Deddens, a law student, said she has been working with Broad Leib and Rebecca Richman Cohen, a filmmaker who teaches media advocacy at Harvard Law School, to illustrate the issue of food waste and how food dates, specifically, contribute to the problem.
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