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The Leading Voices in Food

100 EpisodesProduced by Duke World Food Policy CenterWebsite

The Leading Voices in Food podcast series features real people, 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, fo… read more

100 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

E135: How did SNAP do during COVID - and What Changes Need to Stay

July 19th, 2021

18:35

The COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives and led to mandated business and school closures, families and communities all around the country experienced …

E134: How Big Data is Fueling Youth Obesity

July 12th, 2021

17:05

America's children and teenagers spend tremendous amount of time on the internet and never more than during the Coronavirus pandemic, with families at home so much, people ordered food, got news and engaged with family …

E133: Measuring Fish for Food & Nutrition Security - Improving Metrics to Advance Policy

July 7th, 2021

18:40

Evidence-based Policy relies on strong data and measurements. So if you want to improve a development target like nutrition, you need to be able to …

E131: Fisheries Need Stronger Role in Food Policy and Food Security Planning

June 9th, 2021

18:11

Fish is food, right? Well, it hasn't always been treated that way in policy dialogues and development funding, according to a recent paper in AMBIO. …

E130: Can Software Help Cities Solve Food Insecurity

May 27th, 2021

15:32

Can software help urban planners tackle food access in big cities? The UrbanFootprint organization says yes. Fast Company named it one of the most innovative social good companies in 2021. Our guest today is the …

E129: An Eating Addiction Revealed - Susan Burton on Empty

May 17th, 2021

14:17

People who fight against anorexia and binge eating also struggle with secrecy, isolation and shame. Eating disorders such as these are incredibly …

E128: MAZON Series - Why are US Military Families and Veterans Going Hungry?

May 10th, 2021

14:14

Food insecurity strikes all corners of American life including the lives of military families. For the currently serving military families there is a …

E127: Paarlberg Tackles Misinformation about the Food We Grow and Eat

May 5th, 2021

12:35

Today's guest, Dr. Robert Paarlberg, is the author of a provocative new book entitled: Resetting the Table: Straight Talk About the Food We Grow and Eat. The book is presented as a clear-eye, science-based corrective, …

E126: Global Development Financing: What Can the Ag Sector Learn from Healthcare?

April 21st, 2021

17:46

If the world is ever going to end hunger, ensure food security and embrace sustainable agriculture practices, we've got to invest more in …

E125: Women, Food Security and the Feminization of Poverty in the US

April 14th, 2021

11:07

Hunger affects all communities, but you may not know that 40% of single mothers struggle with food security. Women dominate our central workforce, yet they face persistent structural barriers to food security and …

E123: Rashid Nuri and a Vision for Urban Agriculture

April 6th, 2021

12:13

The term urban agriculture is becoming more familiar, but relatively few people know how this works on the ground in real world settings, and can …

E124: Food Insecurity Issues are Community Issues

March 29th, 2021

12:48

So what comes to mind when you think of these words: life around the table? Do you think of good food or family or sharing maybe? But what about spirituality and faith? So we're continuing our exploration of food and …

E122: Food RX and Health Program Brings Helpful Changes to the Navajo

March 18th, 2021

18:30

American Indians and Alaska natives face challenging economic, environmental, and political conditions that are in many ways similar to those …

E121: Marcia Chatelain on The Golden Arches and Black America

March 15th, 2021

18:27

Today, we're exploring the intricate relationship among African-American politicians, civil rights organizations, communities and the fast food …

E120: GOODR Tackles the Logistics of Redirecting Healthy Food to the Hungry

March 8th, 2021

16:44

If you go to the website of an organization called GOODR, at goodr.co, you will be rewarded with inspiration to be sure but you'll also find some startling information. While one in seven Americans is food insecure, 72 …

E119: Chef Deborah Madison - An Onion in my Pocket

March 3rd, 2021

13:03

Ever wonder how a groundbreaking, pioneering, and award-winning chef and cookbook author came to such a place? Today, we'll find out from Deborah Madison. After working at breakthrough restaurants Chez Panisse in …

E118: Joel Pitkowsky on MAZON - The Jewish Response to Hunger

March 1st, 2021

16:04

You may not automatically think of faith organizations as advocates for a stronger food system, but boy are they ever? I'm talking today with Rabbi Joel Pitkowsky of Teaneck, New Jersey. Rabbi Pitkowsky, in addition …

E117: Society's Hunger Conundrum: Who is to Blame and Who is Responsible

February 24th, 2021

17:42

Food insecurity poses one of the most pressing development and human challenges in the world. This has been true for a very long time. And still …

E116: The Origins and Vision of the Native American Agriculture Fund

February 22nd, 2021

16:21

Knowing that Native Americans were our country's first farmers and have a rich and very special history with the land, one might consider it surprising and of course discouraging that some of the most challenging food …

E115: How Precision Diet Might Oversome Some Genetic Roadblocks

February 17th, 2021

15:06

Could there come a day when an optimal diet could be recommended not just for the population overall or for people with special conditions such as …

E114: Why Nutrition is So Critical in the First 1000 Days of Life

February 15th, 2021

16:55

At a conference on early child development and nutrition - comprised of leading experts on brain development, child development and public policy - …

E113: The Power of Policy and Parents in School Meals

February 10th, 2021

17:21

It wasn't that long ago that there was a nutrition free-for-all in schools where sugary beverages, high calorie snack foods, and even things like …

E112: Marlene Schwartz on Food Banks, Food Pantries and the Promise of More

February 8th, 2021

13:43

Food banks and food pantries provide life-saving help for families all around the country. Like other institutions addressing food issues, there is growing focus on providing not just food, but healthy food. There are …

E110: Policy and Medical Practice Need to Better Support Breastfeeding

February 2nd, 2021

17:13

Breastfeeding is front and center in discussions of maternal and child health. But optimizing breastfeeding practices is anything but simple. There's no person better suited to discuss the challenges and opportunities …

E108: Industry Needs Government Accountability in Reformulating Food & Food Advertising

January 26th, 2021

20:36

When the food industry promises to police itself and pledges to improve nutrition in public health, can it be trusted to make meaningful change or …

E107: Fish Need Stronger Role in Global Food Security Planning

January 19th, 2021

14:04

In a recently released January 2021, paper, scientists urge global policy makers and funders, to think of fish as a solution to food insecurity and …

E106: Behind the Scenes of LA's Good Food Zone Policy

January 14th, 2021

13:43

In today's episode, we're digging into the Good Food Zone Policy that will be implemented in Los Angeles, California. The goal is to expand access to …

E105: Culinary Historian Adrian Miller on Food Justice

January 12th, 2021

14:47

Food justice is a term heard more and more. Captured in that term is a view of how historical factors have shaped inequity in food systems, and …

E104: Adrian Miller on the History of Soul Food

January 7th, 2021

16:30

Two commonly known words “soul” and “food” capture so much meaning. There are the foods themselves--wonderfully diverse and prepared in homes, …

E103: Film Discussion - Sanjay Rawal on GATHER

January 5th, 2021

18:30

Today, we're celebrating the power of stories in creating shared understanding. We're talking with James Beard award-winning filmmaker Sanjay Rawal. The creative force behind a new movie about Native American food ways …

E102: Lyla June on Returning to Native American Agricultural Traditions

December 15th, 2020

19:24

What if we cultivated our environment instead of intensive crop planting and animal farming, and in turn created an abundance of food to meet our …

E101: Virginia Takes Equity Approach To Community Development Through Food

December 8th, 2020

15:10

As the governments the world over try to solve the thorny issue of equitable food access in underserved communities, the state of Virginia is trying …

E100: Blueprint for a National Food Strategy

November 24th, 2020

19:17

This podcast focuses on the need for a national food strategy and why now is the right time to fix the US food system. I'm talking today with two …

E99: How Soda Taxes Can Drive Equity and Community Wellbeing

November 17th, 2020

16:59

Soda taxes now exist in about 50 countries around the world and in a number of US cities. They raise lots and lots of money. How would you suggest …

E93: Aligning Financial Support with Community Wellbeing Aligning Financial Support with Community Wellbeing

November 12th, 2020

11:19

This is the final podcast in a five-part series focused on Equitable Food Oriented Development, a growing movement to promote food projects and enterprises as vehicles for building community wealth, health and …

E97: Could a New Commission Jumpstart Progress Towards Zero Hunger?

November 10th, 2020

14:26

Progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger is stalling, and the Covid-19 Pandemic is erasing the progress of the last decade in many parts of the world. Is it possible to re-energize on this issue? …

E98: The COVID-19 Pandemic Response of No Kid Hungry

November 9th, 2020

10:43

Five times more US children are food insecure now than before the COVID-19 pandemic.

This podcast is part of a series focused on the far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the food system. Today we’re looking …

E92: Los Angeles and Durham Reimagined Through EFOD

November 5th, 2020

19:07

This is a fourth podcast in a five-part series focused on equitable food-oriented development. This is a growing movement to promote food projects and enterprises as vehicles for building community wealth, health, and …

E91: Developing Through Community Identity and Sense of Place

October 29th, 2020

18:03

This is the third podcast in a five part series, focused on equitable food oriented development. A growing movement to promote food projects and enterprises as vehicles for building community wealth, health and …

E96: The Role and Promise of Rural Faith Communities in Solving Issues of Hunger

October 27th, 2020

19:06

Food insecurity in children is a tragic issue around the world and in the US. In America, the issue is especially changing in rural areas. Rural …

E90: Digging into Equitable Food Oriented Development

October 22nd, 2020

20:24

This is the second podcast in a five-part series, focused on Equitable Food Oriented Development. EFOD as it's called, is a growing movement to promote food projects and enterprises as vehicles for building community …

E95: COVID-19 Disruptions to Nutrition for Mothers and Children Could Cost The World A Generation

October 20th, 2020

11:41

This podcast is part of a series focused on the far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the food system. Today, we're looking at how the pandemic is driving up numbers, children experiencing or at risk for …

E89: Defining Equitable Food Oriented Development

October 15th, 2020

14:43

This is the first podcast in a five part series focused on equitable food-oriented development. EFOD, as it is called, is a growing movement to promote food projects and enterprises as vehicles for building community …

E94: 8 Ways White Bias Can Misdirect Food System Work

October 12th, 2020

15:55

This podcast is part of our series on racial equity in the food system. Today, we're talking with Alison Conrad, a research associate here at the …

E88: How to Sugarproof Your Kids

September 24th, 2020

13:12

This is the second of two podcasts with the authors of the new book Sugarproof, The Hidden Dangers of Sugar that are Putting Your Child at Risk and What You Can Do. Our first podcast offered a fascinating view of the …

E87: Hidden Danger of Sugar for Your Kids

September 22nd, 2020

10:31

This is the first of two podcasts with the authors of a new book entitled, Sugarproof: The Hidden Dangers of Sugar that are Putting Your Child's Health at Risk and What You Can Do. This podcast will cover the …

E86: Jim Warenda - How One NC Farming Business is Weathering the Pandemic

September 3rd, 2020

11:22

This podcast is part of a series on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our food system. And in this interview, we'll be exploring how one North …

E85: Changes to SNAP and WIC During Pandemic Are Major Innovations

August 27th, 2020

10:32

This podcast is part of a series focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our food system. Today, we are talking about the changes …

E84: COVID Highlights Need to Change Food Security Strategies

August 18th, 2020

12:23

This podcast is part of a series focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our food system. We’re interviewing Caitlin Welsh, director of the Global Food Security Program at the Center for Strategic and …

E82: Rediscovering Navajo Indigenous Agricultural Wisdom

July 29th, 2020

15:53

. There's a great deal to learn from the deep connections between regenerative agriculture and the farming traditions of First Nations people. My …

Hopi Farming - Culture, Agriculture and Environment in Balance

July 29th, 2020

14:56

Today, we're digging in to the little known origins of regenerative agriculture, a conservation approach to farming and raising animals that focuses …

E81: Time for Universal Free School Meals

July 28th, 2020

9:30

This podcast is part of series focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our food system. When the pandemic forced schools to close, school …

E80: COVID Highlights The Trouble With Charity Food

July 24th, 2020

14:53

This podcast is part of a series focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We're exploring today, the role of charitable efforts to address …

E79: Andy Fisher on the Connection Between Industry and Food Banks

July 20th, 2020

15:41

This podcast is part of a series focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic is exposing a deep flaw in the country's food system, namely stunning levels of food insecurity, but also the transformation …

E78: How NC School Nutrition Programs are Grappling with COVID

June 18th, 2020

15:58

This podcast is part of a series focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our food system. Today we're looking at how North Carolina's …

E77: School Meals During a Pandemic--What Works with Katie Wilson

June 3rd, 2020

9:09

About 33 million children access school meals every day across the country. Today, we're exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young …

E76: Food Fights - A Civil Conversation about Contemporary Food Debates

February 13th, 2020

15:03

Understanding our current food system, where it came from and especially where it might go is much easier if one understands history. Our field needs …

E75: Land Grant University Gold for North Carolina

February 11th, 2020

9:50

Agriculture is a remarkably complex, fascinating, and important topic. We all eat of course, but often we don't know much about the story of our …

E73: Weight Stigma 101 with Rebecca Pearl

February 4th, 2020

12:29

People who experience weight discrimination are more likely to gain more weight over time than people with obesity who don't describe these kinds of experiences. Weight bias, stigma and discrimination have received more …

E67: Weight Bullying Backfires and Causes Harm

January 27th, 2020

9:11

Stigmatizing people based on factors such as race and sexual identity is being tolerated less and less. But what about stigmatizing people with …

E71: Louise Metz on Weight Inclusive Medical Care

January 27th, 2020

12:30

Weight stigma, bias and discrimination can have very profound impacts on individuals. Medical settings are a place where there are real opportunities to make change and today's guest, Dr. Louise Metz is a change maker. …

E74: How Mindful Eating Can Change Your World

January 20th, 2020

18:13

Do you eat mindfully? Could an approach to eating derived from one religious tradition be helpful to us all? Today's guest, Dr. Lilian Cheung is an …

E72: Will Harris on White Oak Pastures' Success in Regenerative Ag

January 10th, 2020

19:42

Imagine being a fourth-generation owner of a business and deciding to completely change things to upend tried-and-traditional ways of doing things in favor of something brand new, untraditional, and potentially pretty …

E69: Gabe Brown on the Desperate Need for Regenerative Agriculture

January 9th, 2020

18:38

Imagine a farm doing such creative work that more than 2,000 people come to visit each year from all 50 states and more than 20 countries outside the US. What do you think such a farm might be doing? Our guest Gabe …

E70: Myths and Misperceptions about the Pork Industry

December 9th, 2019

10:24

Welcome to the Leading Voices in Food podcast, an educational series produced by the World Food Policy Center at Duke University. I'm Deborah Hill. …

E61: Awilo Ochieng Pernet on the Global Complexity of Food Safety

November 18th, 2019

16:18

Food safety is a very important international issue and few people have been as engaged on this topic as our guest today, Awilo Ochieng Pernet, a senior advisor on international matters related to food safety, …

E64: Technology, Transition and Family at Triple B Farms

November 18th, 2019

19:33

Welcome to the Leading Voices in Food podcast, an educational series produced by the World Food Policy Center at Duke University. I'm Deborah Hill. …

E66: Jeremy Everett: Ending Hunger Takes Coordinated Action

November 12th, 2019

21:26

Faith-based efforts can be powerful and compelling ways to address a number of social issues, including food insecurity.

About Jeremy Everett

Jeremy …

E62: Bert Pitt on Today's Farming Challenges

November 11th, 2019

19:38

Welcome to the Leading Voices in Food podcast, an educational series produced by the World Food Policy Center at Duke University. I'm Deborah Hill. …

E60: A Visit to Middlecreek Farms in the Blacklands of North Carolina

November 4th, 2019

9:07

Welcome to the Leading Voices in Food podcast, an educational series produced by the World Food Policy Center at Duke University. I'm Deborah Hill. …

E68: Tobacco, Hemp & Trade Wars

October 31st, 2019

13:00

Welcome to The Leading Voices in Food Podcast, an educational series produced by the World Food Policy Center at Duke University. I'm Deborah Hill. …

E57: How FoodCorps and Walmart are Driving Food Security in the US

October 28th, 2019

29:06

Imagine you would like to address food and food insecurity in particular and could start with a blank slate, what kind of programs and practices …

E58: Pig Farming Family Style at Razorback Farms

October 28th, 2019

11:56

Welcome to The Leading Voices in Food podcast, an educational series produced by the World Food Policy Center at Duke University. I'm Deborah Hill. …

E57: Tom Bollyky on How Food Drives International Instability

October 28th, 2019

11:42

When Americans hear the term national security, I suspect few people would think about food in this context. Our guest, Thomas Bollyky is an ideal …

E59: Hunt Allcott on the Optimum Soda Tax

October 21st, 2019

10:10

Today's guest, Dr. Hunt Allcott, had two recent papers with colleagues Benjamin Lockwood and Dmitry Taubinsky, on whether soda taxes are effective, …

E56: Gwen Pitt on the Changing Roles of Women in Farming

October 21st, 2019

9:01

Welcome to The Leading Voices in Food podcast, an educational series produced by the world food policy center at Duke University. I'm Deborah Hill. …

E55: Allan Savory on Regenerative Agriculture

October 15th, 2019

18:33

Regenerative agriculture is a highly visible, interesting and promising approach to raising animals. The person credited for conceiving this …

E54: Farming with Hurricanes in the Blacklands of North Carolina

October 14th, 2019

11:29

Welcome to the Leading Voices in Food Podcast, an educational series produced by the World Food Policy Center at Duke University. I'm Deborah Hill. …

E53: Michael Osterholm on Food Safety and Killer Germs

October 10th, 2019

14:03

With our daily food now coming from around the world, keeping food safe needs to be a practice of prevention--at home and in commercial factories. …

E52: Hogs and Hurricanes

October 7th, 2019

11:29

Welcome to The Leading Voices in Food Podcast, an educational series produced by the World Food Policy Center at Duke University. I'm Deborah Hill. …

E44: Chile's Health Success: warning labels, soda taxes and marketing limits

October 7th, 2019

12:33

E44: Chile’s Health Strategy: Warning Labels, Soda Taxes, and Marketing Limits

So what happens when a country gets really serious...REALLY serious about tackling diet, nutrition, and chronic disease? Is there a country …

E51: Neena Prasad on the Sound Benefits of Soda Taxes

October 2nd, 2019

20:22

Imagine you've come to work for a major foundation and were asked to create a program on obesity prevention. With the vast array of possible things …

E50: Gwen's Cotton

October 2nd, 2019

10:13

Welcome to The Leading Voices in Food podcast, an educational series produced by the World Food Policy Center at Duke University. I'm Deborah Hill. …

E42: Jim Krieger on the Making of a Soda Tax

September 30th, 2019

16:09

Let's say that you are a public health advocate and would like to see a tax on sugar sweetened beverages established in your community. What steps …

E48: Maureen Black on Lasting Impact of Food Insecurity on Children

September 23rd, 2019

13:50

It is well known, and has been for many years, how prevalent food insecurity is in the US and elsewhere. People are especially moved when they think of children who are malnourished. Our guest Dr Maureen Black is one of …

E47: Hickory Nut Gap Farm's Jamie Ager on Regenerative Grazing

September 23rd, 2019

15:50

Welcome to The Leading Voices in Food Podcast, an educational series produced by the World Food Policy Center at Duke University. I'm Deborah Hill. …

E46: Carolyn Federman on the CharlieCart Success

September 10th, 2019

15:23

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 …

E45: Celebrating Howarth Bouis' Contributions to Biofortification

July 15th, 2019

20:33

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 …

E40: The Cruel Impact of Weight Stigma

June 19th, 2019

17:40

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 …

E41: Combatting Weight Bias

June 19th, 2019

14:25

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 …

E43: Barry Popkin on the International Success of Soda Taxes

June 14th, 2019

11:46

Taxes on sugar sweetened beverages now exist in a number of cities in the United States, including Philadelphia, Oakland, and San Francisco, and in more than 40 countries around the world. These have been made possible …

E38: Diego Rose on the Environmental Sustainability and our Food

June 6th, 2019

10:28

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

12:08

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

10:58

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

19:00

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

22:10

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

18:57

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

22:30

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

20:40

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

24:10

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

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