Podcast Episode 151: A Journalist’s Perspective on Food & Nutrition Science – Tamar Haspel

May 27, 2020

When it comes to nutrition, we’re all too eager to ignore the evidence

When was the last time you changed YOUR mind?”

I first met Tamar Haspel when I saw her speak at a nutrition conference several years ago. I was impressed by her approach to productive conversations about sometimes polarizing topics in food and nutrition. The more I read her articles and followed her on twitter, the more I appreciated her insight and her journalistic voice. Her recent article in the Washington Post (titled “When it comes to nutrition, we’re all too eager to ignore the evidence. Here’s why.”) caught my eye and confirmed my interest in having her on my podcast.

Before I can write about these topics, I need to understand the issue(s) and examine my own biases.”

Tune in to this episode to learn about:

  • How and why Tamar started writing about nutrition
  • Tamar’s opinion and insight about cultivating productive conversations about food and nutrition
  • Tamar’s thought-provoking question that makes people stop and think differently about their own opinions and biases
  • Why it’s important to appreciate the fact that personal experience has the ability to override research findings
  • Why we have the tendency to try and connect the dots (and leap to cause and effect conclusions) and what we can do about it

Tamar HaspelTamar Haspel is a James Beard award-winning Washington Post columnist. She has been on the food and science beat for the best part of two decades and writes about food supply issues: biotech, pesticides, food additives, organics, nutrition, food policy, and other similar subjects. Knee-deep in the public food conversation, Tamar speaks frequently at venues where the debates about our food supply play out, including the National Academy of Sciences, food- and ag-related conferences, and SXSW.

When she’s tired of the heavy lifting of journalism, she helps her husband on their oyster farm, Barnstable Oyster, where they grow about 300,000 oysters a year in the beautiful waters off Cape Cod.


Tamar Haspel: Website | Twitter

Washington Post article: When it comes to nutrition, we’re all too eager to ignore the evidence. Here’s why.

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