Food Sleuth Radio

Series produced by Dan Hemmelgarn

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Join Melinda Hemmelgarn, a registered dietitian and investigative nutritionist, for 28-minute, weekly interviews with national experts in food, health and agriculture. From physicians to film makers, writers, farmers, scientists and chefs, Food Sleuth Radio navigates our complicated food system. You’ll discover how farm and food policies impact our environment and public health, and learn the secrets to eating well. Provocative, practical and personal, Food Sleuth Radio helps us think beyond our plates to find “food truth.”
Award-winning Food Sleuth Radio ranks among the top national “green food radio shows.” If you care about what you eat, tune in!

Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian, “investigative nutritionist,” award-winning writer and Food Sleuth Radio host. With 30 years’ experience in clinical, academic and public health nutrition, she’s a trusted consumer advocate, and an engaging and energizing national speaker.

For 20 years, Melinda wrote a weekly, trademarked Food Sleuth newspaper column for the Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune. She has published articles in the American Journal of Nursing, Today's Dietitian, Natural Awakenings, ACRES, Current Health, and Edible Communities magazines.

Prior to her freelance writing, speaking and radio career, Melinda developed and directed the Nutrition Communications Center at the University of Missouri. In 2004, she received a Food and Society Policy Fellowship which allowed her to connect the dots between food, health and agriculture. Today she uniquely applies critical thinking skills to media messages about food and farm policy to advance "food system literacy."

Melinda received her B.S. in Dietetics from Florida State University; her M.S. in Human Nutrition and Food Systems from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and completed a dietetic internship through Cornell University at the New York Hospital.
She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists, National Association for Media Literacy Education, and the American Dietetic Association’s Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Practice Group.

Food Sleuth Radio has been produced by Dan Hemmelgarn at KOPN Studios in Columbia, MO since June, 2009. The “Mother Nature Network” ranked the show among the “top national green food radio shows” in 2009, and in 2011, Food Sleuth Radio won 1st place for radio interview from the National Federation of Press Women.

Contact: Dan Hemmelgarn: hemmelgarndan@gmail.com; 573-449-3720 Hide full description

Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian, “investigative nutritionist,” award-winning writer and Food Sleuth Radio host. With 30 years’ experience in clinical, academic and public health nutrition, she’s a trusted consumer advocate, and an engaging and energizing national speaker. For 20 years, Melinda wrote a weekly, trademarked Food Sleuth newspaper column for the Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune. She has published articles in the American Journal of Nursing, Today's Dietitian, Natural Awakenings, ACRES, Current Health, and Edible Communities magazines. Prior to her freelance writing, speaking and radio career, Melinda developed and directed the Nutrition Communications Center at the University of Missouri. In 2004, she received a Food and Society Policy Fellowship which allowed... Show full description


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The word “sustainability” has been used and abused, but what does it really mean within a “food system?” Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registere...

  • Added: Sep 19, 2013
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From junk food promotions in public schools to cartoon characters on preschool snacks, marketers know that developing positive relationships with c...

  • Added: Sep 12, 2013
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Soil. We treat it like dirt, yet it holds vibrant communities of microscopic organisms that affect public health. Join Food Sleuth Radio host and ...

  • Added: Sep 06, 2013
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Bigger doesn’t always mean better. Case in point: fruits and vegetables. Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn...

  • Added: Aug 30, 2013
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Let’s say you’ve got a great idea to start a sustainable food business. Where and how do you go about financing that dream? Join Food Sleuth Radi...

  • Added: Aug 22, 2013
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Why do farmers choose to produce food organically? And what are their challenges as neighbors plant genetically modified crops that are sprayed wit...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2013
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If genetically modified feed has negative effects on hog health and fertility, one has to wonder what effects GMO food ingredients might have on hu...

  • Added: Aug 08, 2013
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Only a farmer can describe the boots-on-the-ground realities of raising our nation's food supply. Howard Vlieger is a farmer and crop nutrition ad...

  • Added: Aug 02, 2013
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Want to create a more "conscious kitchen" and live more sustainably, and joyfully, from the inside out? Then join Food Sleuth Radio host and Regist...

  • Added: Jul 26, 2013
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Robinson, Campaign and Education Coordinator of the Food Chain Worker Alliance, exposes some of the hidden faces and working conditions in the food...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2013
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What’s a “foodshed” and how can we strengthen our local and regional economies with and through food and farming? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and R...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2013
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We can’t be truly independent if we lose control of our food supply. As our nation celebrates its 237th birthday, we can support homeland food secu...

  • Added: Jul 05, 2013
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Corporate agribusiness tells us we need genetically modified crops to produce more food to feed an ever-growing global population. But there are ho...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2013
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Women’s bodies serve as our children’s “first environments,” which is why food quality and safety are so important for pregnant and lactating women...

  • Added: Jun 21, 2013
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It may seem as if we have many choices in the supermarket, but in reality, our food system has experienced tremendous consolidation, resulting in f...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2013
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Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her interview with Patricia Allen, Ph.D., author of “Together at the ...

  • Added: Jun 07, 2013
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Deadly foodborne illness outbreaks seem to be on the rise, and one attorney has taken the lead in the fight to defend the ill, and support legislat...

  • Added: May 31, 2013
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With so many dietary supplements to choose from, it’s hard for consumers to sort through marketing claims, assorted ingredients and whether there’s...

  • Added: May 23, 2013
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We often take safe food for granted until a foodborne illness outbreak makes national news, or affects us personally. Join Food Sleuth Radio host a...

  • Added: May 19, 2013
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Why and how did fears of “pink slime” in our meat go viral? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her inte...

  • Added: May 13, 2013
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