Saturday, October 24, 2009

Video Conference With Michael Roberts


LL.M. Alumnus Michael Roberts addressed the Emerging Issues in Food Law LL.M. class last week via live video-conference from his office in Los Angeles, California. Michael serves as Associate General Counsel for Government Relations & International Affairs for Roll International Corporation & Affiliates.
Roll is a privately held corporation with diverse global interests including agriculture, consumer packaged goods, and floral services. Among Roll's businesses are Paramount Farms, the world’s largest vertically integrated grower and processor of pistachios and almonds; Paramount Citrus, the largest integrated grower, shipper and packer of fresh citrus in the U.S.; Pom Wonderful, the global pomegranite producer and processor; FIJI® Water, the No. 1 imported bottled water brand in the United States; and, Suterra, one of the largest biorational pest control providers in the world. Suterra's mission is "researching, developing and commercializing environmentally sound products using naturally occurring compounds and biochemicals such as pheromones."
Michael first reported to the class on his participation in the World Food Prize Symposium last week in Des Moinies, Iowa, relating the inspiring story of this year's World Food Prize Laureate, Dr. Gebisa Ejeta. He then discussed the issue of private food standards in the context of international law and concluded with a presentation of his recent article on economic adulteration, focusing on problems associated with the pomegranite industry in Turkey. It was an interesting and informative presentation.

We were delighted to have Michael back with us through the use of the School of Law's impressive new video-conferencing capabilities and hope to do more conferences throughout the year.



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