Melinda Hemmelgarn

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About me

Industry Consulting
Occupation Regsistered Dietitian
Location Columbia, Missouri, United States
Introduction I'm a Registered Dietitian, "investigative" nutritionist and advocate for social and environmental justice. My tools: the spoken and written word, in combination with compelling images. I believe in using the power of art and media to influence public opinion, change public policy, and improve quality of life. I'm the author of a 25+ year weekly "Food Sleuth" newspaper column, a freelance writer and syndicated radio host. My mission: Help people "think beyond their plates;" connect the dots between food, health and agriculture; and, promote critical thinking and "food system literacy." I live in Columbia, MO, with my husband, Dan, a talented photographer and the producer of Food Sleuth Radio. Together, we created two calendars and greeting cards to celebrate the farmers who feed us "well." Our "F.A.R.M." Project captures farmers' images and stories, and contrasts food and agriculture propaganda with rural realities. You can see some of Dan's photos here: We also have two grown children, for whom we are most grateful.
Interests sustainable and organic agriculture, media and food system literacy, public health, social and environmental justice, canoeing, hiking, gardening for self-sufficiency.
Favorite Movies Food Inc., As We Sow, Black Gold, The Future of Food, King Corn, Big River -- documentaries about our food system.
Favorite Music Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and Joni Mitchell.
Favorite Books Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds by Claire Hope Cummings

It's important to ask: Where does my food come from? Who produced it and under what conditions?