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Coit and Feitshans Publish “Food Systems Law: In Introduction for Non-Lawyers”

Lecturer and Extension Specialist Marne Coit and Emeritus Professor Ted Feitshens collaborated on a comprehensive text for students and food systems professionals that explains the complexities of food systems law in the United States.

Coit commented:

“We are excited about the publication of this book. There is a great deal of interest in the food supply and understanding the relevant laws is critical to understanding how our food systems work. It was written specifically with a non-legal audience in mind. These laws are complex, and we hope that this book fills a need by providing this information in a way that is accessible. The book was written pre-pandemic; however, it addresses issues that have proved important¬†in the pandemic. These issues include food access and security, waste and the vital role that workers play across the supply chain.

Book Description

Food law is a rapidly developing area, with interest being driven at the consumer, handler and farm level. This introductory textbook provides an overview of the concepts necessary for an understanding of food law and regulations, providing the non-specialist reader with a more comprehensive understanding of food systems from production to consumption.

Food Systems Law first introduces the US legal system and then moves on to explain the Federal Regulation of Food systems, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the Farm Bill, the single most important piece of legislation which impacts the way in which federal resources are used within the food industry. The following chapters provide concise explanations of key topics including food safety, food labeling, organic certification and food waste, with examples from US law and policy included. Importantly, the book also addresses key topics which overlap with food law, such as environmental, health and agricultural law.

This textbook is geared towards a non-legal audience, particularly students of interdisciplinary food studies and food science who are taking food law courses, as well as those studying agricultural law, food policy and environmental law. It will also be of interest to professionals working in the food industry and those who want to learn more about how food is regulated.

NC State readers can access the compete text here.

The book is available for purchase here.