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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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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...

  • 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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Is it really more expensive for restaurants and institutions to purchase and serve locally-sourced food, thereby strengthening the local economy? ...

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  • Added: Apr 09, 2015
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How does a teacher turn children’s lives around against all odds? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her...

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  • Added: Apr 02, 2015
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According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the drift of spray and dust from pesticide applications can expose people, wildlife, and the...

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  • Added: Mar 26, 2015
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Despite growing newfound interest in food, diets and nutrition, how many question where their food comes from and the conditions under which it was...

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  • Added: Mar 19, 2015
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Consumers increasingly demand “clean food,” produced without pesticides. Our decisions to purchase foods grown without pesticides not only benefits...

  • Added: Mar 13, 2015
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Did you know that our bodies are teeming with microbes? They reside throughout our body, but the majority live in our large intestine where they pl...

  • Added: Mar 05, 2015
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What we eat has ripple effects beyond our personal health. And for the first time, the newest (2015) version of the Dietary Guidelines for American...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2015
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What are the keys to feeding the world sustainably? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her interview wi...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2015
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Did you know that everything we eat can affect how we think, feel and act? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgar...

  • Added: Feb 13, 2015
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You’d never know it from a trip to the grocery store, but Eliza Greenman estimates that there are at least ~7,000 different named varieties of app...

  • Added: Feb 05, 2015
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What is the full cost of the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the patenting of life forms? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, M...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2015
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American consumers are told that “cheap” protein is the product of an efficient, consolidated meatpacking industry. However, the environmental toll...

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  • Added: Jan 22, 2015
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What is the full cost of our industrialized food system? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her intervie...

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2015
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Can eleven billion people live sustainably on Earth, in the face of climate change? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda H...

  • Added: Jan 08, 2015
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