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Dietitian Melinda Hemmelgarn helps listeners “think beyond their plates,” connect the dots between food, health and agriculture, and find food truth.

Food Sleuth Radio Melinda Hemmelgarn

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 30 Ratings

Dietitian Melinda Hemmelgarn helps listeners “think beyond their plates,” connect the dots between food, health and agriculture, and find food truth.

    Pam Koch, Ed.D, R.D., Professor of Nutrition and Education, Columbia University, New York, discusses child nutrition.

    Pam Koch, Ed.D, R.D., Professor of Nutrition and Education, Columbia University, New York, discusses child nutrition.

    Did you know that teaching children how to cook improves their motivation and ability to eat well? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her interview with Pam Koch, Ed.D, R.D., Mary Swartz Rose Associate Professor of Nutrition and Education, and Faculty Director at the Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. Koch describes her decades of research working to improve children’s nutrition, defines “ultra-processed” foods, and explains the importance of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines.
    Related website:  Food Systems Based Dietary Guidelines: https://openknowledge.fao.org/server/api/core/bitstreams/20b9fd77-47f5-46f0-bdd9-94f798620368/content Tisch Center: https://www.tc.columbia.edu/tisch/ Mary Swartz Rose Memorial Lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkU1D-z2jXw (Koch starts at 18:09)

    • 28 min
    Marc Cornier, MD, Medical University of South Carolina, discusses the brain’s role in weight control and obesity.

    Marc Cornier, MD, Medical University of South Carolina, discusses the brain’s role in weight control and obesity.

    Did you know that our brains play an important role in regulating appetite and food intake? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her interview with Marc Cornier, MD Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases at the Medical University of South Carolina. Cornier shares his research on the neurocircuitry related to appetite. He emphasizes that obesity is a chronic disease, and discusses the influence of high fat diets,  gut microbiota, hormones, exercise and brain activity on weight. 
    Related website:  My Brain Made Me Overeat! So What Can I do About it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bne4VOHMOsw

    • 28 min
    Alexis Temkin, Ph.D., Toxicologist, Environmental Working Group, discusses the 2024 Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce.

    Alexis Temkin, Ph.D., Toxicologist, Environmental Working Group, discusses the 2024 Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce.

    Did you know that pesticides are widely used in U.S. agriculture and residues may remain on and in the foods we eat, even after washing or processing? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her interview with Alexis Temkin, Ph.D., Toxicologist, at the Environmental Working Group. Temkin discusses EWG’s 2024 Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce, and the related and updated Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen Guide to produce shopping. She also discusses vulnerable populations, including children, pregnant women and farmworkers, and the multiple benefits of organic food and farming,
    Related website:  https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php https://www.ewg.org/news-insights/news/2024/02/ewg-finds-little-known-toxic-chemical-four-out-five-people-tested

    • 28 min
    Peter Annin, author of Purified: How Recycled Sewage is Transforming Our Water.

    Peter Annin, author of Purified: How Recycled Sewage is Transforming Our Water.

    Did you know that astronauts’ liquid wastes are recycled into drinking water in space? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her interview with Peter Annin, national water journalist, director of the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation at Northland College, Ashland, WI, and author of Purified: How Recycled Sewage is Transforming Our Water. Annin reports on multiple successful national examples where human waste is filtered, treated and transformed into vital pure water.
    Related website:  https://www.purifiedbook.com/

    • 28 min
    Chloe Waterman, M.S., Senior Program Manager for Climate Friendly Foods at Friends of the Earth discusses the hazards of Biogas.

    Chloe Waterman, M.S., Senior Program Manager for Climate Friendly Foods at Friends of the Earth discusses the hazards of Biogas.

    Did you know that heavily subsidized biogas digesters pose a risk to rural communities and are not the climate-change solution they’re made out to be? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her interview with Chloe Waterman, M.S., Senior Program Manager for Climate Friendly Foods at Friends of the Earth. Waterman discusses the hazards of Biogas and key points from the Friends of the Earth report on the topic, titled: “Biogas or Bull***? The Deceptive Promise of Manure Biogas as a Methane Solution.”
    Related website:  Friends of the Earth:https://foe.org/resources/biogas-or-bull/ Big Oil and Big Ag Ponzi Scheme: Factor Farm Biogas (Food and Water Watch): https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/2024/01/09/the-big-oil-and-big-ag-ponzi-scheme-factory-farm-biogas/ Food System Reform Act: https://www.booker.senate.gov/news/press/booker-introduces-package-of-bills-to-reform-us-food-system 

    • 28 min
    Marianne Landzettel, author of Sustainable Meat Production and Processing: Local, Profitable and Humane.

    Marianne Landzettel, author of Sustainable Meat Production and Processing: Local, Profitable and Humane.

    Did you know that cattle are not the “climate change killers” they’ve been made out to be? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her interview with Marianne Landzettel, journalist and author of Sustainable Meat Production and Processing: Local, Profitable and Humane. Landzettel describes differences in agriculture in the EU, UK and US, and presents evidence supporting the benefits of livestock, and in particular cattle, raised in a regenerative fashion, to help mitigate climate change, and protect soil health. Landzettel explains the climate impacts of feedlot cattle fed grain vs. those responsibly grazed on grasslands.  She discusses the benefits of the “livestock” below ground, organic-rich soil, and humane slaughter.
    Related website:  www.londoncowgirl.com

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

annlnt ,

RD/farm girl

Hi,
I’m a retired dietitian and live your podcast. My daughter is a QA in a been production plant.
I wanted your thoughts in the huge windmills going up on farms, land that you’ll never get back. I grew up in Indiana and was shocked upon seeing these huge ugly windmills that are forever ruining our landscape. None if the energy that is produced there is used by the people of Indiana. Instead it goes to New York. If New York wants these why don’t they have them in their backyard.
I loved growing up in a small family farm. I think that why I became an RD. Best of luck in. Saving them family farm, minus the huge windmills. Please try to investigate these.

Thanks,

Ann LaFontaine

GTFMT ,

Food Sleuth Radio

This podcast is evidence-based, informative and outstanding! The topics are relevant. Thank you to the host, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for choosing such timely topics and excellent guest speakers!
Carolyn Craven, Great Falls MT

JanFSS ,

Put on your must listen list!

I love it and share these highly informative and well done interviews!I’m not being a conspiracy theorist when I tell people that our government doesn’t enforce organic standards.

I had a Whole Foods manager tell me the GMO-free label meant that no glyphosate was used on the food.

He’s clueless, and every organic grocer & shopper should consider these as required listening.

Every college nutrition professor and dietetics studynt as well!

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