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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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As consumer spending on local, organic, chemical-free, non-GMO and sustainable food increases, millions of dollars are being spent by “Big food” a...

  • Added: Aug 28, 2015
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The “good food” movement needs farmers, fishermen, and artists. Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her i...

  • Added: Aug 21, 2015
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Fair trade, organic, shade-grown: What does sustainability truly mean in the coffee industry? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian,...

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  • Added: Aug 13, 2015
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Is there an alternative to toxic chemicals for controlling weeds and eradicating noxious, invasive plants? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Register...

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  • Added: Aug 07, 2015
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The Fair Food Program is recognized as one of the great human rights success stories of our day. This unique farmworker- and consumer-driven initia...

  • Added: Jul 31, 2015
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What if the stories we’ve been told repeatedly about the safety and need for industrial methods and genetically-engineered crops to feed the world ...

  • Added: Jul 23, 2015
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What might alligator health have to do with human health? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her intervi...

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  • Added: Jul 17, 2015
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Ever wonder where your favorite fast food fries are grown, and under what conditions? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda...

  • Added: Jul 10, 2015
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Scientists have more than a “gut feeling” about the role our microbiota – specifically the microorganisms living in our digestive tract -- play in...

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  • Added: Jul 03, 2015
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Our bodies host trillions of organisms that play a central role in our overall health and well-being. Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Di...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2015
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When it comes to sugar science, consumers have questions: Is table sugar metabolized differently than corn syrup? What are the safe upper limits of...

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  • Added: Jun 19, 2015
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If you think the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s first priority is protecting public and environmental health, get ready for a few surprises...

  • Added: Jun 12, 2015
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Just a stone’s throw from Orlando’s Disneyworld, Florida’s Lake Apopka used to be a premier recreational lake, until agricultural chemical runoff p...

  • Added: Jun 05, 2015
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: How does “big food” influence health and nutrition messages? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her i...

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  • Added: May 29, 2015
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One part per billion is equal to two tablespoons of sugar dissolved in an Olympic sized swimming pool. Drugs used to treat children for ADHD are e...

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  • Added: May 22, 2015
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Adverse health effects from low-dose exposures to Bisphenol-A (BPA) include obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and ADHD. Join Food Sleuth R...

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  • Added: May 15, 2015
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Food is political, and nutritional science is relatively young, which makes decifering nutrition news somewhat challenging. However, some patterns ...

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  • Added: May 07, 2015
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Want an easy and delicious way to reduce your risk for stroke, heart disease and cancer, and boost your mental focus? Join Food Sleuth Radio host...

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  • Added: May 01, 2015
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Just because consumers like to eat meat, eggs and dairy products, doesn’t mean they don’t care about animal welfare. And despite legislative attemp...

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  • Added: Apr 23, 2015
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What is “food democracy” and how might we achieve it? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her interview w...

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  • Added: Apr 16, 2015
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