Agriculture and nutrition. Answers to your questions about how food is grown and why. Insight on ways dietitians and consumers may have been food bullied.

No farmers, no food. No food, no need for nutrition experts. While that may be an oversimplification, Michele and Nicole have heard one message clearly: RDNs are hungry for connection with those who grow, raise, and produce food. In this Food Bullying podcast, Michele and Nicole bring together voices from the agrifood sector to help you better understand the food you're so passionate about. The dietitian community will be armed with the REAL stories of agriculture, the truth in food, and most importantly – empowered to help others feel more confident in their food choices.

Latest Podcast Episodes

Big bad agriculture: a transparent look at their science & safety

“The biggest misconception about my work is that agriculture companies place pesticides or biotech products on the market without testing them for safety. The fact is that agriculture is one of the most strictly regulated and thoroughly investigated industries in the world. Agriculture companies must strictly follow local and international...

A.I. in your food (cattle, not computers): Episode 122

Brady Blackett is a 4th generation cattle producer from Utah who’s passionate about the cattle industry and its ability to contribute to a healthy and wholesome food system in the U.S. and abroad.   As the co-founder of IGA (Intermountain Genetic Alliance), Blackett is well-versed in the subject and application of...

Food labels & nutrition choices driven by dollars: Episode 121

What’s the relationship between front-of-package food labeling and consumer choice, and how can it potentially impact grocery prices?Dr. Chen Zhen is a professor in Food Choice, Obesity, and Health Economics at the University of Georgia.  His research focuses on the impact of interpretative front-of-package labeling on consumer behavior and food...

Building up data for dietitians: Episode 120

“You can’t talk about what’s on the plate if you don’t know how it got there.” As the founder of Build Up Dietitians, Leah McGrath has created a space in which dietitians at all stages in their careers (including students), can learn more about just that - and provides avenues...

GMOs & bacon with a side of bullying: Episode 119

“I wish people would take a little time to understand where their food comes from and also to trust the farmer," says farmer Wanda Patsche, who is also a proud grandma. A great perspective for RDNs to remember! Wanda Patsche, alongside her husband Chuck, farms in southern Minnesota.  They grow...

Separating fact from fiction in food & farming: Episode 118

Grocery store costs are crazy, but what costs have gone up on farms? Are fields sprayed with “such harsh pesticides” that workers can’t enter the fields?  Is hydroponic farming the wave of the future when it comes to leafy greens?  Should you be worried about lead in soil?  Michele helps...

Talking turkey – hormones, breasts, nutrition: Episode 117

The bird’s the word, but when we’re talking turkey, what do all those labels REALLY mean?   Peter Klaphake, a third generation turkey farmer from Minnesota, owns and operates turkey farms, a feed mill, and crop farming businesses.  He’s also a current board member on the Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion...

The great pumpkin! Episode 116

Pick a pumpkin - but what kind?  A self-proclaimed Professor of Pumpkinology, John Ackerman is the owner and operator of the farm bearing the same name that has been in his family for over a century.  And while you may hear “pumpkin” and think of the jack-o-lantern variety, he and...

Gettin’ figgy with it: Episode 115

"A little sugar is not always a bad thing!”   Kevin Herman is a diversified farmer who grows crops you may have not heard much about, but his biggest crops are figs.  And yes, there are more than one variety. He likens fig varieties to wine varieties - each with a...

Fish farming, fear, and your food: Episode 114

Is “wild” fish somehow better for you than the farm-raised variety? Mike Freeze, owner of Keo Fish Farm, conservationist, environmentalist, and naturalist, offers his perspective based on years of fish farming. “For a variety of health reasons people need to consume more seafood and since we are fishing the oceans...

Cheesemaking – paving the whey for fine spirits: Episode 113

Named after and guided by her parents, Jerry and Linda, Alise Sjostrom’s Jer-Lindy Farms produces award-winning cheeses.  A graduate of the University of Minnesota and Vermont Institue for Artisan Cheese, Sjostrom is quick to point out the biggest misconception about her line of work - that being lactose intolerant means...

Back to school with agriculture & nutrition: Episode 112

With back to school in full swing, Michele and Nicole talk with Katie Pratt and Amanda Radke on the latest podcast episode.  While each of these women wears many hats (farmers, mothers, and pillars of their respective communities), they both work to increase literacy about food, farming, ranching, and nutrition...

Holistic animal agriculture for nutrition pros: Episode 111

“All actions have some sort of impact on the system, but at times, people can assume reducing animal protein can have a vast and meaningful impact without considering other important tradeoffs that should be considered.” Passionate about leaving the planet better than she found it and ensuring access to nutrient-dense...

Sugar is sugar – and it’s sustainable: Episode 110

There is a farmer behind everything you choose in the grocery store. Even sugar. And the people who farm are frustrated with the guilt in the grocery. “Pesticides, GMOs, roundup, the word natural....fear-mongering in the grocery store needs to stop. People are guilted into paying more for equally safe food...

Heath & environment priorities to beef producer: Episode 109

“Herd health is our #1 priority.”  Alli Fender left her corporate vet technician career to pursue her dream of being her own boss as a direct-to-consumer beef producer and black angus breeder.  Not only does she juggle that dream alongside motherhood, showing and breeding Australian Shepherds, and sharing her beef...
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Why listen?

Michele and Nicole help dietitians and consumers get firsthand perspective from farmers about how food is grown. One knows farming, the other dietetics - and neither are afraid to ask the tough questions. You'll get candid conversation from two moms who have unique insigh on food, experts from around the food plate, and how label choices effect your health. This 30-minute podcast will help you navigate grocery store aisles, better understand farming, and be prepared for those sticky conversations with clients.

  • Real insight from experts who are working in farming, science, and dietetics.
  • Answers to the most common questions around farming and food.
  • Tools to battle bullying found in the 200,000+ label claims found in a grocery store.
  • Ideas for creating your own social, ethical, environmental, and health standards when making eating decisions.

Meet the Hosts

Michele Payn

Michele Payn Food BullyingKnown as one of the leading voices in connecting farm and food, Michele helps you simplify safe food choices while understanding food bullying. An international award winning author, she brings common sense to the overly emotional food conversation and perspective from the cows in her front yard. Michele is a mom who is tired of the guilt trips around food, so she wrote Food Bullying: How to Avoiding Buying B.S. She’s also a kick boxing professional speaker who has helped thousands of people understand the real story behind food. Michele’s work has appeared in USA Today, Food Insight, CNN, Food & Nutrition Magazine, NPR and many other media outlets. Armed with science, compelling stories, and a lifetime on the farm, Michele will upend the way you think about food. She is also the author of No More Food Fights! and Food Truths from Farm to Table, an IPPY award winner in health, medicine and nutrition

Nicole Rodriguez

Dietitian podcast hostNicole Rodriguez, registered dietitian and certified personal trainer, resides in the metro New York area, where she offers nutrition counseling and fitness coaching to a diverse clientele.  Always encouraging her friends, family, followers, and clients to make fruits and vegetables the stars of their plates, Nicole serves as a partner in kind with the Produce For Better Health Foundation.  Eager to inspire the next generation of bold, active, and compassionate entrepreneurs, Nicole serves as leader of her daughter’s Girl Scout troop.  In her spare time, you’ll find her browsing the grocery store aisles, working on her deadlift, and on the beach with her family. Visit enjoyfoodenjoylife.com for more info.