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Reflecting on Independence: Hungry for Liberty and Justice for All

It’s a tradition: Each July 4th, I celebrate our nation’s birthday on the banks of the Missouri River, at the base of my state’s capitol emblazoned with our state motto, which translated from Latin means: “The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law.” As darkness fills the sky, patriotic music serenades the crowd …

July 17th, 2017  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Food Sleuth

Rootstock Radio: The Food Sleuth’s Take on “Food as Medicine”

Download Melinda Hemmelgarn, a.k.a “The Food Sleuth,” is a registered dietitian, an award-winning writer (read her work right here on Rootstock!) speaker, and nationally syndicated radio host with more than 35 years of experience in clinical, academic and public health nutrition. In 2014, Today’s Dietitian Magazine named Melinda one of the nation’s “Top 10 Dietitians …

June 26th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food Sleuth, Grass Up!, Health & Wellness, Rootstock Radio

Politics: It’s for the Birds

Have you ever brought up a subject, or raised a question only to be told,  “it’s political”? This happened to me recently at a gathering to celebrate the Great Missouri Birding Trail. I asked if neonicotinoid seed coatings were present on corn planted in the wildlife conservation area frequented by birders and nature enthusiasts. The …

May 25th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Food Sleuth, Grass Up!, Sustainability  |  1 Comment

Put Your Best Fork Forward: Protect Pollinators, People and Planet

“March Madness” might be about spring basketball championships to some, but for me, the term better describes the practice of using toxic chemicals to produce our food. As Jane Goodall wisely stated, “Someday we shall look back on this dark era of agriculture and shake our heads. How could we have ever believed that it …

March 23rd, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Food Sleuth  |  2 Comments

Coming Clean in 2017: Pesticides and post-truth agriculture

The Oxford Dictionaries named “post-truth” the Word of the Year for 2016. It’s defined as an adjective “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”  The word is often used in the context of “post-truth politics,” inspired by our recent …

January 18th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Food Sleuth, Health & Wellness

GMO: Yes or No? Not so easy, not so fast

Last fall, I was invited to “debate” Robb Fraley, Monsanto’s Chief Technology Officer, at the St. Louis Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics meeting. Our topic: GMOs. As expected, Fraley was firmly in the “pro” camp. I was framed as “con.” However, in my introduction to the audience, I asked that our meeting not be called …

October 11th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Food Sleuth  |  3 Comments

5 Things to Look for on Your Food Label

Eating is intimate. With every bite of food, we internalize a part of our outside environment. As a dietitian, I believe we need to know what’s in our food,  who produced it, and under what conditions, in order to best nourish ourselves, feed our families well, and protect our planet. Here are 5 important things to …

August 1st, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Food Sleuth  |  1 Comment

Cuba: Complicated and on the Cusp of Change

Like most “forbidden fruit,” travel to  Cuba seems especially alluring to U.S. citizens, in part because we can’t simply go there with the rest of the free world and sip rum-laced drinks on white sandy beaches hugged by the clear blue Caribbean Sea. Our strict U.S. – Cuba trade embargo has prohibited U.S. citizens from …

May 5th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food Sleuth, Travel  |  1 Comment

On a Mission to Cure Cancer? Launch an Organic Moonshot

During President Obama’s final State of the Union address, he called for a medical “moonshot” – a renewed mission to find a cure for cancer. While his noble call to action is commendable, it’s not new. Former President Nixon issued a similar charge in 1971 when he signed the National Cancer Act into law, initiating …

February 22nd, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food Sleuth, Health & Wellness  |  2 Comments

“Just Farmers” or Scientists in Overalls?

Yokiel Farm, Wells, MN, Faribault County When asked about their work, have you ever heard a farmer say, “Oh, I’m just a farmer?” Despite popular bumper stickers that read “No Farmers, No Food,” I don’t think our society fully appreciates and values good farming. Through the eyes of a dietitian who sees the connection between …

December 18th, 2015  |  Published in Featured Post, Food Sleuth, Grass Up!, Organic Farming  |  2 Comments

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