Jennifer L. Pomeranz, M.P.H., J.D.— Policy Options to Address the Modern Food Environment (AHS12)

Jennifer Pomeranz, J.D., M.P.H. presenting at the 2nd annual Ancestral Health Symposium (AHS12).

The modern food environment encourages the intake of highly processed and highly sugared edible and potable products. The dramatic increase in consumption of these products is associated with poor public health outcomes and increased disease rates. Consumer protection and public health advocates have called for increased government control and the restriction of marketing of unhealthy products to children. The First Amendment is considered a barrier to such restriction in the United States. However, there are many legally permissible yet unexplored policy options available to the government at the federal, state and local levels to regulate such products to support public health. This presentation will explore legally viable policy options to regulate processed products including labeling requirements, earmarked taxation, and regulating the sale and location of products within schools, retail and food service establishments.

Jennifer L. Pomeranz is the Director of Legal Initiatives at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University. Ms. Pomeranz speaks and publishes on subjects including: sugar labeling, weight discrimination, food marketing to children, the First Amendment, preemption, regulating sugary beverages, and innovative legal solutions to obesity and food policy. Ms. Pomeranz earned her Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School, and her masters of public health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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