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 many “plant-based” foods are highly processed and not necessarily good for our health or the planet? Join Food Sleuth Radio host ...

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Did you know that herbicide drift challenges the wine industry, especially in states largely dominated by chemical intensive industrial agriculture...

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  • Added: May 05, 2022
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Did you know that regenerative farming methods are not “new,” but have been practiced by indigenous farmers for centuries? Join Food Sleuth Radio h...

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Did you know that images are powerful influencers on how we think about food, people and national policies? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registe...

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Did you know that pesticide drift interferes with the ability of rural farmers to feed their communities? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registere...

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Did you know that smell and taste loss can affect our personal safety, mental and physical health, and overall quality of life? Join Food Sleuth Ra...

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  • Added: Apr 07, 2022
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Did you know that the diet industry depends on a “media illiterate” audience? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelg...

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Did you know that phytochemicals in plants deserve more of our attention for their role in protecting our healthspan? https://onlinelibrary.wiley.c...

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Did you know that intermittent fasting can reduce breast cancer recurrence and improve overall metabolic health? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Re...

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Did you know that pesticides are not necessary to “feed the world,” and that American taxpayers pay for pesticide-related harm to our environment a...

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Did you know that if pesticides are used anywhere in a community, those pesticides can end up in ground water shared by that community? Join Food S...

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Did you know that U.S. consumers spend more on health care than they do on food? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemm...

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  • Added: Feb 24, 2022
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Did you know that plastic breaks down in our environment and enters our water, air, food chain and bodies? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Register...

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Did you know that industrial agriculture and factory farms negatively impact rural communities’ water, air and quality of life? Join Food Sleuth R...

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  • Added: Feb 10, 2022
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Did you know that what we eat can not only affect our own personal health, but that of our planet as well? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Register...

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  • Added: Feb 03, 2022
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Did you know that 50 years have passed since the first edition of Diet for a Small Planet was published? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered...

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  • Added: Jan 27, 2022
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Did you know that less than 10% of all the plastic ever made has been recycled? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemme...

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  • Added: Jan 20, 2022
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Did you know that January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and in all likelihood, we consume the products of slavery every day? Join...

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Did you know that food labels can mislead us into thinking processed and packaged foods and beverages are healthier than they might appear? Join Fo...

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Did you know that industries use a variety of tactics to manipulate public opinion about products that can harm our health and environment? Join Fo...

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