Baylen Linnekin is a food lawyer, author, scholar, and Reason.com columnist.
Linnekin serves on the board of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and also served as a founding board member of the Academy of Food Law & Policy. Linnekin’s first book, Biting the Hands That Feed Us: How Fewer, Smarter Laws Would Make Our Food System More Sustainable (Island Press, 2016), reveals how federal, state, and local regulations often proscribe sustainable food practices.
Linnekin\'s writings have appeared in the Wisconsin Law Review, Chapman Law Review, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Fordham Urban Law Journal, Journal of Food Law & Policy, Boston Globe, N.Y. Post, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, The Counter, and many other publications. He has appeared on NBC, CBS, MSNBC, NPR, Fox Business Channel, and dozens of other TV and radio stations and has been quoted by the New York Times, Wall St. Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and many other top newspapers. Linnekin earned an LL.M. in agricultural and food law from the University of Arkansas School of Law; J.D. from Washington College of Law; M.A. in learning sciences from Northwestern University; and a B.A. in sociology from American University. He lives in Seattle with Roxanne, his partner of more than twenty-five years.