Podcast Episode 58

What are GMO Foods and why should you care? Where do you find GMO’s? How do they affect human health and the environment? Special guest Melinda Hemmelgarn, RD tells all.

PLUS: The Nutrition Challenge of the Week!




  • Around 90% of all corn, soy, canola oil and sugar beets produced in the US is GMO.
  • Around 75% of processed foods in supermarkets contain one or more GMO ingredients.

What is a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO)?

  • Let’s start with a definition

GMO foods and health for humans

  • Why are we uncertain about safety?
  • What do studies tell us?
  • Virus tolerant vs herbicide tolerant

 GMO foods and health of the environment

  • The affect on rivers, bee colonies, soil, and other concerns
  • How do herbicides relate with GMO foods?

What are the common GMO products?

  • How can you avoid GMO foods?
  • GMO foods and health and organic
  • The importance of knowing about your what you eat

AND… The Nutrition Challenge of the Week!


Guest, Melinda Hemmelgarn, MS, RD:

Food Sleuth Radio: https://exchange.prx.org/series/32432-food-sleuth-radio

Food Sleuth Radio Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/336205368377/

Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/dan-hemmelgarn/food-sleuth-radio

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/food-sleuth-radio/id1329397783?mt=2


Center for Food Safety: https://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/

US RIGHT TO KNOW: https://usrtk.org/gmos/

BIOSCIENCE RESOURCE PROJECT (J. LATHAM): https://bioscienceresource.org/

Empowering women in their health journeys through the post-reproductive years. https://bioscienceresource.org/


  • Be sure to join us next time. We’ll be chatting about PLANT BASED PROTEINS
  • Why are these so awesome? and How can you get more in your diet?
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