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Michele Simon

Michele Simon has more than 20 years of experience in food and beverage law and policy. She is executive director of the Plant Based Foods Association, a trade group representing the nation’s leading plant-based foods companies. In addition to her law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Michele has a master’s degree in public health from Yale University. She is admitted to practice law in California.

  • September 16, 2020    |   First Amendment

    Oklahoma Compelled Speech

    Oklahoma requires vegan products to rewrite their labels to the meat lobby’s satisfaction

    As anyone who’s seen a Cheerios box or Coca-Cola bottle knows, a product’s name is often the biggest thing on it. Other words on product labels are usually much smaller, except for large warnings required to highlight dangers, like on cigarette and alcohol labels. But this year, at the meat lobby’s prompting, Oklahoma will start…

  • July 2, 2019    |   First Amendment

    Mississippi Food Labeling Law

    Mississippi Makes Selling “Veggie Burgers” a Crime

    If this doesn’t come as a stunning revelation, then you’re savvier than the state of Mississippi gave you credit for. In 2019, at the behest of the meat lobby, Mississippi banned food companies making plant-based meat alternatives from using any meat product terms on their labels (burgers, hot dogs, etc.), supposedly to protect consumers. Mississippi’s…

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