Food Law Society co-sponsors TEDx conference on food policy
How do modern dietary patterns lead to disease? What should we eat? Those were some of the questions raised on Oct. 21 when the Harvard Food Law Society co-sponsored a “TEDxHarvardLaw” event. The conference was sponsored in name by Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED), a nonprofit focused on spreading ideas through conferences that can be viewed online for free. Focused on food policy and public health, and the legal and policy approaches to increasing the supply of and demand for healthy foods, the event was launched on Oct. 20 with a speech, “The Sugar Epidemic: Policy vs. Politics,” by Dr. Robert Lustig, who argued for a paradigm shift in the public policy approach to obesity. Conference speakers included Dr. Walter Willett chair, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health; Doug Rauch, former president of Trader Joe’s Co.; Dr. David Ludwig, a Harvard researcher who focuses on childhood obesity; and Susan Prolman, executive director of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.
View video of the conference.