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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What does eating have to do with how we feel psychologically? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her int...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2013
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What happens when a doctor looks at health and healing through an ecological lens? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda He...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2013
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What is a cooperative business model and how can it support both economic viability and social responsibility? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Regi...

  • Added: Nov 22, 2013
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If the popular children’s TV show, Reading Rainbow, could help children fall in love with reading, can a new program about where our food comes fro...

  • Added: Nov 14, 2013
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What happens to our bodies as we age and how can better nutrition and hydration help us age “well?” Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Diet...

  • Added: Nov 07, 2013
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Did you know that Wal-Mart is the largest private employer in the United States, and that the average Wal-Mart worker earns just $8.81 per hour, fo...

  • Added: Nov 01, 2013
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What are the environmental and public health effects of GMO crops, related herbicides and pesticides? How can we protect our loved ones and our foo...

  • Added: Oct 25, 2013
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Is life in the fast lane catching up with you? Perhaps you’d like to slow down, enjoy life more and truly eat “well.” Join Food Sleuth Radio host a...

  • Added: Oct 17, 2013
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What’s the difference between free trade and fair trade? If you want to learn more about “food sovereignty,” and how global trade policies affect l...

  • Added: Oct 10, 2013
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If the food industry adds an ingredient to our food, it has to be pre-tested and determined safe, right? Not always. Join Food Sleuth Radio host an...

  • Added: Oct 03, 2013
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From TV to the internet, to brand logos in the classroom and on clothing, advertisers target our children no matter where they are. Join Food Sle...

  • Added: Sep 26, 2013
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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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