25 – Food Truth | Melinda Hemmelgarn – The Food Sleuth

Do you ever get frustrated with all the labels at the grocery store? Stuck trying to decide between Non-GMO, Organic and natural products? It’s a problem that our guest today works to solve. Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian, food advocate, and host of the Food Sleuth Radio show.

We have a great conversation, covering what a dietitian does, how she became involved in sustainable agriculture, how to cut out the “green noise” and much, much more. You don’t want to miss this interview with Melinda Hemmelgarn.

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Show Notes

  • Melinda started school studying art before food
  • Determining food truth requires cutting through the “green noise,” and the multitude of labels in the marketplace.
  • The Precautionary Principle is that when there is a doubt of any kind, or a lack of sufficient data to determine the outcome, you proceed with caution.
  • Food system literacy is a bundle of different literacies (environmental, agricultural etc), and applying critical thinking to your food and how it’s processed and grown.
  • Among the common misconceptions for consumers in the market place are not only GMO’s, but the “natural” label also.
  • Simple starts to improving your diet: 1. Learn to cook, 2. Grow your own food, 3. Reach out to local farms in your community.
  • Cooking, and sharing a meal is a powerful experience, connecting you with your guests and the food.

References

F.A.R.M. – Food Art Revolution Media – https://www.iatp.org/event/farm-food-art-revolution-media

GMO’s and the Precautionary Principle – http://www.fooledbyrandomness.com/pp2

Melinda’s Links

https://www.prx.org/series/32432-food-sleuth-radio

http://food-sleuth.blogspot.com/

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/kopn-food-sleuth/id330698483?mt=2