University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2016

Course Description
Food is now a headline topic. Many people have too little to eat. Many eat too much. Much food is not healthy to eat. Much is grown or raised in ways that harm the environment and are not sustainable. Production is often cruel to animals. Agricultural and retail workers are often exploited.

Each of these issues has its legal expression in efforts to change (or oppose change) to local, state, national, or international law either legislatively, administratively, or through litigation.

What kind of labeling should be mandated or permitted? How should ingredients be described? What information should be required on menus?

How should public school lunches be regulated? Or vending machines in schools?

How should zoning affect farms? Can chickens be raised in cities? How should farmers’ markets be regulated?

When health, safety, and lots of money are involved, so are lawyers. (It is no accident that one of the most bitter and lengthy rule-making proceedings in U.S. history involved the federal definition of peanut butter.)

This compressed course will introduce these topics: agricultural law, labeling, obesity, etc. It will include film presentation and, if possible, a restaurant visit.

There will be a take-home exam.

This course has no prerequisites and is not duplicative of the FDA course.

For more information please contact Prof. Diamond - or his assistant - Marysabel Merino at

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-11-2016 - 04-20-2016   M  9:00 AM-10:50 AM A110A

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Take-home exam
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Government & Regulation - Specialized
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None

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Phone: (305)284-2259
Office: G371