On July 31, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 EST, the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) is hosting a program that will address the California ballot initiative to require labeling of biotech food products.  The program, California’s Proposed GM Food Labeling Law:  Pros, Cons, and Legal Issues, is co-sponsored by the International Environmental Law Committee; the Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know Committee; the National Agricultural Law Center; and the American Agricultural Law Association.

For full information about the program, please click here.  The educational objectives of the presentation will be to:

  • Present the latest news on GM labeling as proposed in California — the views of opponents and and proponents;
  • Inform SEER members and others about the “legal landscape” of GM labeling laws, laws around the world — implementation, enforcement, impact, and legality; and
  • Deliver timely information about pending regulatory rule-makings or legislative initiatives at the federal level relating to labeling of biotech food products.

The panel will be moderated by Harrison Pittman, Director of the National Agricultural Law Center at the University of Arkansas.  The program panelists are:

Michael Hansen, Consumers Union
George Kimbrell, Center for Food Safety
Gary Marchant, Arizona State University College of Law
Thomas Parker Redick, Global Environmental Ethics Counsel

If you have a particular question you would like the panel to consider and would like to submit it prior to the panel, please email your question to Harrison Pittman at hmpittm@uark.edu by Monday July 30, 2012.

The National Agricultural Law Center at the University of Arkansas is the nation’s leading source of agricultural and food law research and information, serving the nation’s vast agricultural community of farmers, attorneys, extension personnel, state and federal policymakers, students, and many others.  Located in Fayetteville, Arkansas the National Agricultural Law Center is a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

This item posted July 12, 2012.