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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 spending too much time indoors, and overly protected from “germs,” can be harmful to children’s health? Join Food Sleuth Radio ho...

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Did you know that an industrial hog farm was permitted in our national Buffalo River watershed? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitia...

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Did you know that untreated dental disease can lead to death? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her in...

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Did you know that hunger is a symptom of poverty? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her interview with...

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Did you know that out of all mammals, humans are the only ones that deprive themselves of sleep? And that sleep disturbance/deprivation is a risk f...

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Did you know that the majority of insects are good? Recent pollinator declines related to pesticide use have resulted in declines in fruit and veg...

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Did you know that low-fat diets --as they’ve been largely followed in the U.S. --have hampered our ability to lose weight? Join Food Sleuth Radio h...

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Did you know that BPA or bisphenol-A, a compound commonly found lining food and beverage cans today, was found to have estrogenic properties in th...

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Did you know that organic agriculture is highly productive, and a viable way to produce food for a sustainable future? Join Food Sleuth Radio host ...

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Did you know USDA organic regulations include controls on “inputs?” Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for...

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Do you know how to navigate food and agriculture industry propaganda? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for...

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Did you know that the same chemical compound in broccoli, and to a greater degree, broccoli sprouts, that helps protect us against cancer, also sho...

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Did you know that the Hawai’i used to be self-sufficient in terms of food production? Today, the islands import the majority of their food and Hawa...

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Did you know that eating certain foods can offer protection against Alzheimer’s Disease? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Meli...

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Did you know that water is our most important nutrient, and that our watersheds face risk from agricultural contaminants? Join Food Sleuth Radio h...

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Did you know that not all beef is equal in terms of nutritional quality and environmental impact? Cattle raised on grass, and only grass/pasture pr...

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Do you know about the “soil-food-web?” Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her interview with Judith McG...

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Did you know that home and school gardens help nourish children’s natural curiosity, and motivate them to eat more healthful foods? Join Food Sleut...

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Do you know the real cost of cheap food? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her interview with Will Alle...

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Do you know the challenges government regulators face when attempting to warn the public about health risks related to chemicals and ingredients in...

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