Dr. Scott Haskell to join "Our Table" discussion on food policy and regulations

Food@MSU roundtable exchange is part of global food law conference

June 8, 2018

Formerly the director and a professor at the Veterinary Technology Program at Yuba College in California, Dr. Haskell has taught and done livestock disease research at the University of Minnesota, University of Maine, University of Illinois, and University of California. He has worked extensively with international development projects in India, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mali, Guinea, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Egypt, Moldova, Ukraine, Romania, Guatemala, Mexico, Guyana, and Haiti.

Food@MSU and MSU’s Global Food Law program will host an Our Table discussion from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, at the Huntington Club, located on the fourth floor of Spartan Stadium on the MSU campus.

Our Table, part of the Food@MSU initiative, is a series of roundtable discussions in which MSU brings together community members and leaders, industry and farm workers and producers, scientists, academics and other experts for meaningful conversation on food-related topics. Audience members are encouraged to join the conversation by sharing questions, insights and concerns.

“It's often the case where food policy lags behind the science, with the public left largely out of the conversation altogether, yet the regulations in place we have related to food impact how we eat, our tastes, preferences, expectations, safety and so much more,” said science communicator Sheril Kirshenbaum, moderator for the Our Table discussions. “It's time to be more transparent and address food policy comprehensively within our communities.”

Panelists for this event include Dawn Opel, J.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of digital media and user experience, MSU College of Arts and Letters; Ann Folino White, Ph.D., associate professor of theater studies, MSU College of Arts and Letters; and Scott Haskell, D.V.M., adjunct professor, MSU College of Law, and lead instructor of the Institute for Food Laws and Regulations’ course on Animal Health, World Trade, and Food Safety (OIE). Dr. Haskell teaches this course annually during the fall semester.

“It is important to understand how federal and state policies affect the kinds of foods that many Americans are able to purchase,” said Opel. “For instance, the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 dictates which foods are ‘eligible foods’ to purchase with food stamps, through SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Americans who receive SNAP benefits have to pay close attention to this list as well as shop carefully to stretch food resources. Declaring certain foods ‘ineligible" under the Act shapes what millions of people think is unhealthy or inappropriate."

The June 19 panel discussion will occur at the end of the first day of the Global Food Law program’s Current Issues Conference. The Our Table portion of the event is free and open to the public. Parking will be available in lot 62W in front of IM West.

The Our Table events are the cornerstone of Food@MSU, an initiative led by the colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts and Letters, and Communication Arts and Sciences, aimed at encouraging dialogue to navigate misinformation about food so that consumers can make decisions that are more informed.

To register for the June 19 event, visit https://events.anr.msu.edu/ourtable/.


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