The Leading Voices in Food

41 EpisodesProduced by Duke World Food Policy Center

The Leading Voices in Food podcast series features scientists, farmers, policy experts and world leaders all working to improve our food system and food policy. You'll learn about issues across the food system spectrum such as food insecurity, obesity, agriculture, access and equity, food safety, fo… read more

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E45: Celebrating Howarth Bouis' Contributions to Biofortification

July 15th, 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 …

E41: Combatting Weight Bias

June 19th, 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 …

E40: The Cruel Impact of Weight Stigma

June 19th, 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 …

E38: Diego Rose on the Environmental Sustainability and our Food

June 6th, 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 …

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

June 6th, 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? …

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

April 25th, 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 …

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

April 24th, 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 …

E26: Aaron Gross on Factory Farming and New Ways to Support Farmers

April 15th, 2019


What does it mean to be a conscientious consumer of food? Does it make a difference to the economy, the environment, or is it simply a personal decision? What do people of faith have to say about it? We'll explore these …

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

March 26th, 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 …

E25: Christopher Carter on Looking at Food Theologically

March 26th, 2019


How should society balance people's needs and wants for meat and eggs against the needs and wants of farmers and farm animals? What do theologians …

E20: Darriel Harris on Harnessing Faith to Improve Community Health

March 13th, 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 …

E22: Heber Brown on Organizing Black Congregations Around Their Food

March 13th, 2019


In the US food system, communities of color suffer disproportionately from lack of access to affordable, nutritious food. But what happens when you …

E37: Unhealthy Foods Make Healthy Choices Stand Out

March 11th, 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. …

E28: Regenerative Grazing and the Ranney Ranch

March 11th, 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 …

E19: Martin Bloem on the Global Complexity of our Food System

March 11th, 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 …

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

March 11th, 2019


Many policies have been proposed and enacted to help improve public health by changing their diet and preventing obesity. Among the most prominent, …

E32: Food Defense 101 with Amy Kircher

March 11th, 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 …

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

March 11th, 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 …

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

March 11th, 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 …

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

March 11th, 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 …

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

March 5th, 2019


Ever heard the term supertasters? Have you wondered why some people love broccoli, and others find it very unpleasant? Is family upbringing the …

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

March 5th, 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 …

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

February 27th, 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. Such is the …

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

February 27th, 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 …

E14: Nurya Love-Parish on Reinventing Faith Practice Through a Calling to Steward Lands and our Food

February 20th, 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 …

E15: Hisham Moharram on Shared Farm Investments to Empower Youth

February 20th, 2019


Hisham Moharram describes himself as an agripreneur and an environmental and social justice activist. His life's goal is to establish a local food economy and to show people that we can produce food with environmental …

E27: William Dietz on Obesity, Undernutrition & Climate Change

February 13th, 2019


It would seem at first glance that undernutrition and obesity are opposite sides of the same coin and not very related to one another and that …

E13: Mark Bittman on Eating Sustainably and Agroecology

February 13th, 2019


Many people in the modern world have become distant from their food. They may not know where it's grown, who grows it, who produces it, or who harvests it, what impact its production has on the environment, how it is …

E12: Shenggen Fan on Hunger, Climate Change and the Hope of Innovation

February 13th, 2019


What happens when a child is malnourished? Can such a child ever “catch up” later in life? Why does urbanization and obesity seem to go hand in hand—and what does this mean for food production? We’ll explore big picture …

E11: Kornegay Farms’ Kim LeQuire on the Blessings of a Life in Agriculture

February 6th, 2019


Has the buy local food movement helped farmers and open up new markets? Is organic farming really better than conventional farming? And what does it …

E10: Lynde Renske on Cultivating Food System Entrepreneurs for Impact

February 6th, 2019


Imagine if the focus of your work was to identify the most promising entrepreneurs, those who could potentially develop transformative and scalable …

E9: A'dae Romero-Briones on First-Nations-Food-Systems

January 30th, 2019


What can food teach us about our community lifeways, past and present? Community food life ways or one way that first nations tribes can regain food …

E7: Thomas Farley: The Real Returns on a Soda Tax in Philadelphia

January 23rd, 2019


Today's guest has had a fascinating career and has made significant contributions to public health in Louisiana, New York, and in Pennsylvania. He says he learned the true value of public health investigating syphilis …

E6: Shiriki Kumanyika on the Disparity of our Food

January 23rd, 2019


Is it fair or ethical to allow food companies to target low-income communities with marketing for unhealthy foods? Should the health of our …

E5: Kevin Concannon on the Role of Federal & State Food & Nutrition Assistance Programs

January 11th, 2019


Imagine presiding over one of the nation's major food assistance programs. The supplemental nutrition assistance program that helps feed more than $40 million Americans. And that this is just part of your job. Few …

E4: Billy Shore on Politics, Food and our Children's Future

January 11th, 2019


If you had the opportunity to shape the country's agenda for addressing hunger, what solutions would you suggest and how would you drive this needed …

E3: Marion Hetherington on Kids, Vegetables and Appetite

January 3rd, 2019


Ever wonder how children develop preferences for certain foods? Why in the same family, different children may like different things? Why some people …

E2: Andrew Prentice on Nutrition and the Genetic Legacy of our Food

January 3rd, 2019


You have likely heard the saying “You are what you eat.” But what if I told you that how well your parents were eating in the days and months before …

E1: Billy Shore on Feeding Kids in the US and Abroad

January 3rd, 2019


Have you ever wondered why people are hungry in a world that produces more than enough food to feed them? Very few people in the world could address …

E5: Norman Wirzba: Does Faith Shape Your Relationship to Food?

January 3rd, 2019


Does faith shape your relationship to food? Should we be more spiritually connected to our food and how it is produced? Explore these ideas and more …

Leading Voices in Food Podcast Series Intro

November 7th, 2018


The Leading Voices in Food podcast series features scientists, farmers, policy experts and world leaders all working to improve our food system and …

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