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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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Did you know that “7-Up” got its name from the atomic weight of lithium, which used to be an ingredient in the popular soft drink? Join Food Sleuth...

  • Added: Jan 20, 2017
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Do you know the differences between Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth? Join Food Sleu...

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Did you know that food manufacturers pay supermarkets hefty prices to have their products placed in strategic supermarket locations? Join Food Sleu...

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  • Added: Jan 06, 2017
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Did you know that an “aqua appetizer” can reduce caloric intake, and contribute to maintaining a healthy weight? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and R...

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  • Added: Dec 29, 2016
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Did you know that Corporate Accountability International has been fighting global corporate abuse successfully for close to 40 years? Join Food Sle...

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  • Added: Dec 23, 2016
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Did you know that the quality of school food improved significantly thanks to the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (http://www.fns.usda.gov/school...

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Did you know that the EPA ordered local water utilities to begin the first nationwide tests for the unregulated contaminant, chromium-6? From 2013 ...

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Did you know that counties with the highest pesticide use rates have the highest rates of birth defects? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registere...

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Did you know that corporate partnerships with Universities influence the information students are taught about genetic engineering? Join Food Sleut...

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  • Added: Nov 25, 2016
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Did you know that one of the biggest changes to rural America has been the loss of farm families and farming communities? Houses, barns, and people...

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Did you know that over 90 percent of children ages two through eight get more than half of their daily calories from added sugars? That's five time...

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  • Added: Nov 10, 2016
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Did you know that organic farming is biologically based, ecologically sound, and protects biodiversity, soil and water quality? Join Food Sleuth ...

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  • Added: Nov 04, 2016
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Did you know that 70 percent of all amphibians, globally, are in decline or at threat of going extinct? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered ...

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  • Added: Oct 27, 2016
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Did you know that genetic engineering differs from traditional plant breeding and modification, and can lead to changes in food that impact our hea...

  • Added: Oct 21, 2016
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Did you know that artificial sweeteners may have the unintended consequence of promoting weight gain and metabolic disorders? Join Food Sleuth Rad...

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  • Added: Oct 13, 2016
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Did you know that our immune system could be affected by GMOs? And that scientists who question the safety of GMOs often risk intimidation? Join F...

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  • Added: Oct 07, 2016
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Did you know that GMO corn grown for ethanol production can contaminate food-grade corn, making it unsuitable and unusable for edible corn products...

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  • Added: Sep 29, 2016
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Did you know that despite what you might have heard repeated in the media, genetically engineered foods have not been studied extensively, nor ind...

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  • Added: Sep 22, 2016
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Did you know that there are deliberate campaigns designed to confuse us about the risks of tobacco, the ozone hole, pesticides, GMOs and climate ch...

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  • Added: Sep 15, 2016
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Did you know that children’s lives are saturated with commercial marketing at home and in school? They are targeted by marketers through televisio...

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