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Have you ever wondered where your food comes from? Not just where it’s grown today, but where it originally popped up in the world? Have you ever bit into a delicious ripe fruit and wondered, hey – why is it this color? What’s responsible for this amazing flavor? Is this good for my health? Could it even be medicinal?

Foodie Pharmacology is a science podcast built for the food curious, the flavor connoisseurs, chefs, science geeks, plant lovers and adventurous taste experimenters out in the world! Join American ethnobotanist Dr. Cassandra Quave on this adventure through history, medicine, cuisine and molecules as we explore the amazing pharmacology of our foods.

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    • 4.9 • 77 Ratings

Have you ever wondered where your food comes from? Not just where it’s grown today, but where it originally popped up in the world? Have you ever bit into a delicious ripe fruit and wondered, hey – why is it this color? What’s responsible for this amazing flavor? Is this good for my health? Could it even be medicinal?

Foodie Pharmacology is a science podcast built for the food curious, the flavor connoisseurs, chefs, science geeks, plant lovers and adventurous taste experimenters out in the world! Join American ethnobotanist Dr. Cassandra Quave on this adventure through history, medicine, cuisine and molecules as we explore the amazing pharmacology of our foods.

    Sacred Plants with Dr. Gary Nabhan

    Sacred Plants with Dr. Gary Nabhan

    Join Dr. Quave in conversation with MacArthur Fellow and James Beard award-winning author of “Agave Spirits”, Dr. Gary Paul Nabhan as they discuss the incredible adaptations of desert plants, innovative water management techniques, and the sacred role of plants across various cultures. Dr. Nabhan is globally known for building cross-cultural teams for the collaborative conservation of biocultural landscapes and rare foods, medicines and sacred plants. An author or editor of over thirty books and 120 scientific articles published in the likes of Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, American Anthropologist, Ethnobiology, and the Ecology of Food and Nutrition, he has also written for the New York Times, LA Times, Smithsonian, Food Tank and Huffington Post. He is a pioneer in the Slow Food, Sustainable Agriculture, Plant/Pollinator Conservation and Ecological Restoration movements. In this episode, Dr. Nabhan shares his personal and professional journey, detailing his work in desert plant conservation, indigenous collaborations, and the Sacred Plant Biocultural Recovery Initiative. The discussion underscores the deep connection between plants, spirituality, and human culture, offering insights into how ancient practices can inform modern sustainability efforts. Learn more about his work at https://www.garynabhan.com/
    #ethnobotany #desert #fragrance #conservation #agave 

    • 45 min
    Solving Overactive Bladder with Dr. Ted Johnson

    Solving Overactive Bladder with Dr. Ted Johnson

    Our bodies change as we age, and the condition of overactive bladder can interfere with sleep patterns and quality of life. This week on the show, Dr. Quave speaks with Dr. Ted Johnson, who works in geriatric medicine, which is a medical specialty dedicated exclusively to providing high-quality, patient-centered care for older adults. Ted has over 25 years of clinical practice and is Chief of Emory General Internal Medicine, Chair of Emory Family and Preventive Medicine, and a Clinical Investigator at the Atlanta VA Healthcare System. He elaborates on causes, symptoms, and treatments including behavior changes, exercises, and the impact of diet. Learn the science behind urgency, urinary frequency, and nocturia, and explore how factors like caffeine and body mass index play a role. This episode promises insights not only for medical professionals but also for anyone looking to understand and manage bladder health better.
     
    #bladderhealth #diet #overactivebladder #sleep

    • 43 min
    Space Food with Vickie Kloeris

    Space Food with Vickie Kloeris

    Have you ever wondered what and how astronauts eat in outer space? A lot of thought and scientific planning is required to design a space menu! This week on the show, Dr. Quave speaks with Vickie Kloeris, author of “Space Bites” and retired NASA food scientist with over 34 years of experience. Vickie shares her journey from food microbiology to managing NASA’s food systems for space missions and the International Space Station. They cover topics like how to create shelf-stable, crumb-free foods for astronauts and also explore how space food has evolved over the years. They also discuss nutrition and what it may take to reach a point of sustainable food systems for future missions to Mars.
    #Space #ISS #food #NASA #mealplanning #foodscience #spacechef

    • 43 min
    Navigating Climate Anxiety with Dr. Britt Wray

    Navigating Climate Anxiety with Dr. Britt Wray

    In a world facing the looming crisis of climate change, it's essential to address not only the environmental impacts but also the mental health challenges that arise from eco-anxiety, grief, and despair. This week on Foodie Pharmacology, Dr. Quave speaks with Dr. Britt Wray, Director of CIRCLE at Stanford Psychiatry, a research and action initiative focused on Community-minded Interventions for Resilience, Climate Leadership and Emotional wellbeing in the Stanford School of Medicine. Britt is the author of two books; her latest ‘Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Anxiety’, is an impassioned generational perspective on how to stay sane amid climate disruption. She explains that eco anxiety, though uncomfortable, is a rational response to environmental degradation and stresses the importance of acknowledging these feelings as part of our human connection to the planet. The discussion also covers generational perspectives on climate anxiety, the importance of building resilience and hope through action, and the creation of Dr. Ray's nonprofit, ‘Unthinkable Earth’, designed to support mental health in the face of climate challenges.
     
    #ClimateChange #anxiety 

    • 33 min
    Food EDU with Kevin Cody & Jackie Bertoldo

    Food EDU with Kevin Cody & Jackie Bertoldo

    Food EDU is an exciting new educational initiative under development from the American Heart Association. This platform aims to unite various disciplines, geographies, and professions to advance our understanding of food, agriculture, and nutrition. It was inspired by the Periodic Table of Food Initiative (PTFI) to enable scientists to utilize new food composition data more effectively. Food EDU seeks to inspire and educate a new generation about the intersection of food science, sustainability, and health, using an open-access model to provide a global educational resource. Drs. Cody and Bertoldo share how the Food EDU initiative and the Good Food Fellows program support the broader mission of research and education on food, sustainable agriculture, and health. 
    This podcast is sponsored by The Periodic Table of Food Initiative in association with the American Heart Association. The views and opinions in this podcast are those of the presenters and represent the synthesis of science. For more information on the Periodic Table of Food Initiative, please visit https://foodperiodictable.org/
    #food #education #health #PTFI #foodedu 

    • 33 min
    Homegrown National Park with Dr. Doug Tallamy

    Homegrown National Park with Dr. Doug Tallamy

    The numbers are startling – 45% of all flowering plants are at risk of extinction. Did you know that replacing part of your lawn with native plants can create a sanctuary for local wildlife and support our planet's biodiversity? This week on the podcast, Dr. Quave speaks with Dr. Doug Tallamy,  New York Times bestselling author of “Nature’s Best Hope” and founder of The Homegrown National Park. They delve into why native plants are essential for a healthy environment, how insects play a crucial role in our ecosystems, and offer practical steps individuals can take to enhance biodiversity in their neighborhoods. 
    #biodiversity #insects #planetaryhealth #nativeplants #podcast

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

successionalforest ,

Highly recommend

If you’re interested in the sustainability of our agricultural systems, or where your food comes from, or which spices in your cabinet are shown scientifically to prove beneficial for the gut microbiome, or any number of other food-and-medicine topics, this podcast is for you.

Our favorite all-time tip was that the benefits of turmeric root are greatly enhanced when it is combined with black pepper! Now my husband always mixes the two in his cooking.

This podcast is recommended for gardeners, foodies, fermenters, permies, and anyone interested in the huge world of ethnobotany. (And check out the recent episode about a woman who lived for 23 years in the Arctic, 500 miles from the nearest town.)

Donna in Dallas ,

Great show!

I loved the most recent episode with Sue Aiken. What a life she has!!! And she is so generous with her knowledge!

Aurora12345678910 ,

A Must Listen

This show is a must listen for anyone interested in plants—the science of plants, the use of plants, and for the range of plant people.

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