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Center for Science in the Public Interest

Q and A on the Use of Food Policy Litigation to Advance More Equitable Food Systems

Q and A on the Use of Food Policy Litigation to Advance More Equitable Food Systems

By Nicholas Freudenberg, Director CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

This commentary seeks to encourage food policy advocates and the food justice movement to consider an appropriate role for litigation in reforming food systems in this era. The following Q and As summarize some of what we need to know to engage in that discussion. 

Food Watchdog Groups Sue Trump Administration Over Menu Labeling

Food Watchdog Groups Sue Trump Administration Over Menu Labeling

The Center for Science in the Public Interest and the National Consumers League, both represented by the nonprofit law firm Earthjustice, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision to delay a rule requiring chain restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores, and other food retail establishments to post calorie counts for prepared food and beverages. 

Policy Brief: Countermarketing Unhealthy Food: Lessons from Tobacco

Policy Brief: Countermarketing Unhealthy Food: Lessons from Tobacco

Nicholas Freudenberg, Chris Palmedo, Eleni Murphy and Sarah Garza for the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

In the next decade, experts predict that diet-related diseases may overtake tobacco as the leading cause of premature death and preventable illness in New York City and around the world. Many factors have contributed to the rise of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other diet-related conditions. One reason is relentless marketing of unhealthy food by food and beverage companies. Each year, U.S. food companies spend more than $2 billion   targeting children with ads, mostly for highly processed foods high in sugar, salt and unhealthy fats, the products most associated with diet-related diseases. As advocates explore solutions to this impending public health crisis, one strategy that shows promise is countermarketing.