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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Politicians and analysts mark progress by quarterly earnings, but scientists who study life cycles in the real world may need years to document cha...

  • Added: Jul 18, 2014
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Traditional restrictive diet programs designed to help children lose weight have been largely ineffective, and in many cases lead to unhealthy eat...

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  • Added: Jul 11, 2014
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Historically, home, school and community gardens have proven vital to national security and resiliency. Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered ...

  • Added: Jul 04, 2014
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The size of a nanometer -- one billionth of a meter – is hard to imagine, but a sheet of newspaper is 100,000 nanometers thick. Nanoscale materia...

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2014
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With so many herbal products and supplements on the market, it’s easy to be confused and overwhelmed. Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered D...

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  • Added: Jun 19, 2014
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The new documentary, "Fed Up" exposes food industry- driven policies, and the environments that make our kids sick. Featured in the film is Margo W...

  • Added: Jun 12, 2014
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The New York Times calls Joan Dye Gussow, “the matriarch of the eat locally, think globally food movement.” Gussow, Professor Emeritus at Columbi...

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  • Added: Jun 06, 2014
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Losing weight is relatively easy compared to keeping it off. Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn for her inte...

  • Added: May 30, 2014
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A Vietnamese proverb says: “when eating a fruit, think of who planted the tree.” Taking that sentiment a step further, how often do we consider the...

  • Added: May 23, 2014
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Fresh produce can be hard to access and pricey for families facing economic hardships. But during World War II, school, home, community and workpla...

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  • Added: May 15, 2014
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From fast and processed foods to common personal care items, palm oil is a common ingredient in thousands of household products. However, this “ch...

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  • Added: May 08, 2014
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It may seem hard to imagine, but we have more microbial cells in our guts than we have human cells in our bodies. Join Food Sleuth Radio host and R...

  • Added: May 01, 2014
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Allergy rates are increasing for reasons still under investigation. However, Amish communities have a lower incidence of allergies compared to th...

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  • Added: Apr 25, 2014
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Which is the better way to “feed the world” – with organic or “conventional” agriculture? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Mel...

  • Added: Apr 18, 2014
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April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Did you know that farmers who use pesticides are at greater risk for developing Parkinson's Disease (PD)? Or ...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2014
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“Natural” gas may sound like a clean alternative to foreign oil, but natural gas extraction utilizing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) increases the...

  • Added: Apr 04, 2014
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Is organic food worth a higher price at the check out? Chuck Benbrook, Ph.D., Washington State University, helps us do the food math. Join Food Sl...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2014
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome is embarrassing and awkward, painful and disabling. And dietary advice can be confusing and conflicting. Join Food Sleu...

  • Added: Mar 21, 2014
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The food we eat can be a powerful tool for extending life, reversing diabetes, healing our planet and creating a more compassionate society. Join ...

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  • Added: Mar 14, 2014
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Benny McLean has been working in the Florida citrus industry ever since he was 10 years old. Today he is production manager for Uncle Matt’s Organ...

  • Added: Mar 06, 2014
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