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Carolyn Federman of Charlie Carts

E46: Charlie Cart’s Carolyn Federman on Food, Fun, and Classrooms

September 2019

Americans have become distant from their food. It was once the case that people either grew food themselves or perhaps, just one step away from it, buying food from farmers or from markets served by local farmers, but boy, is it ever different now. Food is processed, it's shipped long distances, and people are less in touch with how food is created, how to cook it, and more. There are some impressive efforts underway to help correct this problem. Some of the more impressive ones that focused on children such as the work of Carolyn Federman, the inspiration behind a highly innovative program known as Charlie Cart. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E46: Charlie Cart’s Carolyn Federman on Food, Fun, and Classrooms »


Howarth Bouis

E45: Celebrating Howarth Bouis’ Contributions to Biofortification

July 2019

So imagine that you face a daunting challenge: addressing malnutrition and nutrient deficiencies that affect people all around the world. These are people who live in different countries; they have different diets; and different nutrient challenges. How would you devise a way to affect the health and wellbeing of billions of people, and do so in a way that can be permanent and sustainable? Today's guest has done just that. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E45: Celebrating Howarth Bouis’ Contributions to Biofortification »


Combatting Weight Bias

E41: Combatting Weight Bias

June 2019

In an earlier podcast with Dr. Rebecca Puhl, she described the nature extent and impact of weight bias on the lives of individuals was described and clear and very moving ways. Dr. Puhl, professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut, and deputy director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, is a leading researcher and an agent for change on this important topic. She's kindly agreed to speak with us on this podcast on what might be done to prevent weight stigma when it does occur and how to reduce its impact. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E41: Combatting Weight Bias »


Cruel Impact of Weight Stigma

E40: Cruel Impact of Weight Stigma

June 2019

Think back to your time in school and try to remember how the overweight children were treated. It is possible that you were the subject of such treatment, but if not, imagine how this would feel and whether such experiences could have an indelible impact. What are the consequences of such treatment then and later in life? When people think of stigma, bias, discrimination factors such as gender, race, and age come to mind for most people, but not necessarily weight. And weight bias is a very important topic and has been the subject of an impressive body of research. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E40: Cruel Impact of Weight Stigma »


Diego Rose

E38: Diego Rose on Environmental Sustainability and our Food

June 2019

When you make decisions about what to eat, what factors in? Most people think about taste, what food costs, what is available and in some cases the health consequences. But what about the environmental impact of food choices? Our guest Dr Diego Rose has done fascinating work on just this topic. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E38: Diego Rose on Environmental Sustainability and our Food »


Rich Larrick

E39: Rick Larrick on the Hidden Energy Cost of our Food

June 2019

We've recorded a number of podcasts discussing the environmental impact of food production, and the food choices made by individuals. But how aware of all this are consumers? How do they make sense of such information? This is but part of the work that occupies our guest Richard Larrick. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E39: Rick Larrick on the Hidden Energy Cost of our Food »


Amy Kircher on Food Fraud, Pomegranates & Baby Formula

E36: Amy Kircher on Food Fraud, Pomegranates & Baby Formula

May 2019

Fraud. We hear about it a lot. Financial fraud, political fraud, and more, but food fraud? It turns out that this is a more significant issue than one might imagine. Dr Amy Kircher, director of the Food Protection and Defense Institute at the University of Minnesota is a leading voice on this issue. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E36: Amy Kircher on Food Fraud, Pomegranates & Baby Formula »


Scott Huettel & Nicolette Sullivan - Unhealthy Foods Make Healthy Foods Stand Out

E37: Unhealthy Foods Make Healthy Foods Stand Out

May 2019

Imagine you are a manager of a supermarket and you're working with health authorities to increase the purchase of healthy foods. Let's say broccoli. What would you change? What comes to mind might be changing price, creating attractive displays or providing information on how to make tasty dishes with broccoli. But there might be other surprising options, according to our guests, neuroeconomist Scott Huettel and Nicolette Sullivan. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E37: Unhealthy Foods Make Healthy Foods Stand Out »


Special Podcast: Climate Change: Adding Up the Bill

Special Podcast: Climate Change: Adding Up the Bill

April 2019

Who will take the hardest hit financially as the world heats up, and can anything be done about it? Listen to this Ways & Means podcast and find out. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about Special Podcast: Climate Change: Adding Up the Bill »


Nancy Ranney on Regenerative Grazing in New Mexico

E28: Nancy Ranney on Regenerative Grazing in New Mexico

April 2019

If you're like me, you've read or heard of reports and news accounts talking about the negative consequences of producing beef, with greenhouse gas emissions, heavy water use and the welfare of the animals leading the list of concerns. But just when it seems like producing and consuming less beef might be a health and environmental bonanza, along comes an alternative way of doing things. One that uses a fundamentally different approach to things. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E28: Nancy Ranney on Regenerative Grazing in New Mexico »


Jennifer Pomeranz on Food and Industry Tactics Driving Preemption

E35: Jennifer Pomeranz on Food Policy and Industry Tactics Driving Preemption

April 2019

In the past several years, cities in California led the way in passing taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages. Berkeley was first with Oakland, San Francisco and Albany, California following, each with the aim of improving public health by decreasing consumption of beverages known to be associated with obesity, diabetes, and other medical issues, and to raise revenue for needed programs. But then something historic happened: preemption. A leading expert on the application of the law on public health and on the issue of preemption is Jennifer Pomeranz. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E35: Jennifer Pomeranz on Food Policy and Industry Tactics Driving Preemption »


Juan Rivera on Mexico's successful soda tax

E34: Juan Rivera on the Success of Mexico's Soda Tax

April 2019

For people around the world who believe that taxing sugared beverages is a good public health policy, the country of Mexico passing such a tax was a stunning victory. There was a significant need in Mexico to be sure, given high rates of obesity, especially in children, and very high consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. But there was also a powerful beverage industry fighting the taxes. A fascinating story unfolded as the tax was being considered with a number of courageous and creative individuals at the center. One key figure is today's guest, Dr. Juan Rivera. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E34: Juan Rivera on the Success of Mexico's Soda Tax »


Food Defense 101 with Amy Kircher

E32: Food Fraud 101 with Amy Kircher

April 2019

Fraud. We hear about it a lot. Financial fraud, political fraud, and more, but food fraud? It turns out that this is a more significant issue than one might imagine. Dr Amy Kircher, director of the Food Protection and Defense Institute at the University of Minnesota is a leading voice on this issue. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E32: Food Fraud 101 with Amy Kircher »


Food Defense and the Extreme Complexity of our Food Supply Chain

E33: Food Defense and the Extreme Complexity of our Food Supply Chain

April 2019

In another podcast called Food Defense 101, Amy Kircher, director of the Food Protection and Defense Institute at the University of Minnesota, painted a picture of threats the nation faces with intentional contamination of the food supply. A very important part of her work is what to do about this threat. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E33: Food Defense and the Extreme Complexity of our Food Supply Chain »


Christina Roberto

E30: Christina Roberto on Food Labeling in Guatemala and Soda Taxes in Philly

March 2019

Many policies have been proposed and enacted to help improve public health by changing their diet and preventing obesity. Among the most prominent, our efforts to reduce consumption of sugary beverages, ranging from programs that educate consumers about risks to the most dramatic approach: taxing such beverages. Evaluating these other policies is critical and understanding how governments can best move ahead. Leading the charge was such evaluation as our guest today on the Leading Voices in Food Dr. Christina Roberto from the University of Pennsylvania. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E30: Christina Roberto on Food Labeling in Guatemala and Soda Taxes in Philly »


Carlos Monteiro

E24: Carlos Monteiro on the Dangers of Ultra-processed Foods

March 2019

Ever wonder how the body processes processed foods? When corn becomes Cheetos or wheat becomes Twinkies, for example, or water becomes Coca Cola? How does the body react, what are the health consequences, and who is responsible for any negative effects? These are but some of the questions that occupy our guest, Dr Carlos Montero. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E24: Carlos Monteiro on the Dangers of Ultra-processed Foods »


Al Sommer

E23: Al Sommer on Vitamin A, Blindness and Global Politics

March 2019

We speak today with someone whose work is credited with preventing 400,000 cases of blindness and saving as many as 1 million deaths per year. Dr. Alfred Sommer has earned this place in global history. He discovered that Vitamin A deficiency reduces immune responsiveness and resistance to infectious diseases such as diarrhea and measles. He proved that vaccination for smallpox as late as six days after infection can prevent the disease. He demonstrated the effectiveness of a simple and effective tool for monitoring the nutritional health of children at high risk of dying from malnutrition, and he identified an early accurate predictor of optic nerve damage, signaling when to start Glaucoma therapy. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E23: Al Sommer on Vitamin A, Blindness and Global Politics »


Martin Bloem

E19: Martin Bloem - Embrace Complexity to Fix the Food System

March 2019

One of the most important questions facing the world is how it will feed itself both now and in the future. Answering this question will require the brightest minds; people who will understand the complex interactions of trade, poverty, climate change, agriculture technology, and the ever-changing political landscape from country to country. And this is just a name, some of the factors. Few people are as capable of seeing how all these pieces fit together as our guest Dr. Martin Bloem, professor, and director of the Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E19: Martin Bloem - Embrace Complexity to Fix the Food System »


Reverend Darriel Harris

E20: Darriel Harris on Harnessing Faith to Improve Community Health

March 2019

Can you make sustainable changes in community or neighborhood health without tackling the issue of food and diet? Why is such work so difficult? What is the role of churches and other faith organizations? Our next guest on The Leading Voices in Food is Reverend Darriel Harris and he works on this problem in a variety of ways. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E20: Darriel Harris on Harnessing Faith to Improve Community Health »


Reverend Dr. Heber Brown

E22: Heber Brown on Organizing Communities Around Their Food

March 2019

In the US food system, communities of color suffer disproportionately from lack of access to affordable, nutritious food. But what happens when you connect growers with their communities? Or when communities grow their own food on Church owned land? In Baltimore, Maryland, and along the I-95 corridor in the southeast United States, you can see this happening through the Black Church Food Security Network. Our next guest on The Leading Voices in Food is Reverend Dr. Heber Brown, who founded this network with the goal of helping churches to grow their own food on church-owned land, and to partner black farmers and urban growers with historically African American congregations to create pipelines for fresh produce. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E22: Heber Brown on Organizing Communities Around Their Food »


Linda Bartoshuk

E29: Linda Bartoshuk on Supertasters, Yuck, and the Future of Food Nutrition

March 2019

Ever heard the term supertasters? Have you wondered why some people love broccoli and others find it very unpleasant. Is family upbringing the answer to this? Or, is there a biological basis for this and for other taste preferences? The leading voice on these issues is Dr. Linda Bartoshuk. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E29: Linda Bartoshuk on Supertasters, Yuck, and the Future of Food Nutrition »


Ashley Gearhardt on Food Addiction and You..Yes, You

E18: Ashley Gearhardt on Food Addiction and You...Yes, You.

March 2019

Can some foods have addictive properties? We all have cravings for some things--chocolate, let's say? But can food really hijack the brain much as happens with classic substances of abuse? And are foods engineered by the food industry in ways that trigger addictive like reactions in the brain? Such are the questions being asked by Dr. Ashley Gearhardt. She is an associate professor of psychology and the clinical science area at the University of Michigan and a leading researcher in the field of food and the brain, food, and addiction in particular. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E18: Ashley Gearhardt on Food Addiction and You...Yes, You. »


Sara Bleich on Menu Labeling, Marketing and Public Health

E16: Sara Bleich on Menu Labeling, Marketing and Public Health

February 2019

Do you make better food choices when you see calorie counts listed on restaurant menus? Do you think food stamp recipients should be able to buy unhealthy foods, like sugary drinks? And what role should the government play in our food choices? We’ll explore these questions on The Leading Voices in Food with Dr. Sara Bleich. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E16: Sara Bleich on Menu Labeling, Marketing and Public Health »


Cheryl Queen, Compass Group

E17: Cheryl Queen on Corporate Responsibility and Power in the Food Industry

February 2019

Imagine working for a company that serves more than 5 billion meals worldwide every year. Balancing what people like to eat with corporate goals of promoting health, sustainability, and fair labor practices. Explore these ideas with Leading Voices in Food guest Cheryl Queen of Compass Group North America. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E17: Cheryl Queen on Corporate Responsibility and Power in the Food Industry »


Nurya Love Parish

E14: Nurya Love Parish on a Calling to Steward our Lands

February 2019

Did you know that most church land holdings are not located in high-priced cities? Instead, they're in countless rural locations from Maine to California, with land deeded over in wills by former parishioners or purchased over the years by church leaders. Today's guest on The Leading Voices in Food series is Nurya Love Parish, who is animated by the idea that from a religious perspective, land is part of creation and needs to be managed with wisdom. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E14: Nurya Love Parish on a Calling to Steward our Lands »


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