Monday, March 18, 2013
Prawfs Guest Tim Lytton Has a New Book: Check It Out!
Timothy D. Lytton is the Albert & Angela Farone Distinguished Professor of Law at Albany Law School. To read an interview with the author, click here.
Generating over $12 billion in annual sales, kosher food is big business. It is also an unheralded story of private-sector regulation in an era of growing public concern over the government’s ability to regulate the food industry. Kosheruncovers how independent certification agencies rescued American kosher supervision from corruption and turned it into a model of nongovernmental administration.
“Kosher is one terrific book. It’s a wonderfully entertaining account of the squabbles, finger-pointing, and cutthroat competition that turned kosher certification from scandalous corruption to a respectable—and highly profitable—business. Today, if a food is labeled kosher, it is kosher, which is more than can be said of most claims on food labels. You don’t have to be Jewish to appreciate the fun in Timothy Lytton’s presentation of an unusually successful case study.”
— Marion Nestle, New York University, and author of Food Politics
In overcoming many of the problems of insufficient resources and weak enforcement that hamper the government, private kosher certification holds important lessons for improving food regulation. The growing popularity of kosher food is a response to a more general cultural anxiety about industrialization of the food supply. Like the organic and locavore movements, a growing number of consumers see rabbinic supervision as a way to personalize today’s complex, globalized system of food production.
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Tim gave a presentation on this at Suffolk last year and it was delightful.
Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Mar 18, 2013 5:02:13 PM
Our non-Jewish household (although my wife's father is Jewish) often looks for the "kosher" seal of approval when food (vegan) shopping.
Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Mar 18, 2013 6:43:08 PM
Posted by: Rick Garnett | Mar 18, 2013 7:26:14 PM
just on time as a great passover gift for every household!
Posted by: orly lobel | Mar 20, 2013 12:55:57 AM