A Roundup of Food Policy Podcasts

by Melissa Gallanter, RD

Farm to Taber Podcast 

Podcast Host: Dr. Sarah Taber

What It’s About: A podcast about the food system and all of its moving parts, highlighting science, policy, technology, design, business, U.S. farming, and sustainability 

Year Started: 2018

Episodes-to-Date: 22

Frequency: No current episodes

From the Podcaster: “Featuring all of your faves: veggies, orchards, greenhouses, grain, livestock. Farm to Taber talks sustainable farm and food strategies, and the humans behind them. It’s a show about the inner guts of the food system, and what it takes to make it work sustainably. All your faves are here: Science. Policy. Technology. Design. Business. The demographics and culture of US farming, and what that means for Americans and the world at large. Host Dr. Sarah Taber brings 20 years of experience in the sustainable and conventional agriculture business, throughout the US and internationally. ”

Where to Find It: Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Podcast’s Website


Podcast Hosts: Tom Philpott, Kiera Butler, and Maddie Oatman

What It’s About: Conversations about the food that we eat, including the politics and the science of food

Year Started: 2016

Episodes-to-Date: 101

Frequency: Bi-weekly

From the Podcaster: “Bite is a podcast for people who think hard about their food. We’ll help you digest the food news du jour, explore the politics and science of what you eat and why—and deliver plenty of tasty tidbits along the way.”

Where to Find It: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Podcast’s Website

Eating Matters 

Podcast Host: Jenna Liut

What It’s About: Food policy topics including health, labor, and sustainability

Year Started: 2014

Episodes-to-Date: 153

Frequency: Weekly (Sundays at 6:00-6:45 p.m.)

From the Podcaster: “Food has emerged as a critical policy area – and it raises big questions about health, labor, sustainability and our collective future. Join host Jenna Liut for conversations with food policy experts and leaders about the issues that shape our everyday experiences of buying, cooking and eating food.”

Where to Find It: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Podcast’s Website 

The Farm Report

Podcast Host: Lisa Held

What It’s About: The people, processes, and policies within the food system and in food production, from agricultural innovations to research and conversations with chefs

Year Started: 2018

Episodes-to-Date: 384

Frequency: Weekly (Wednesdays 1-1:45 p.m.)

From the Podcaster: “The Farm Report is a show about the people, processes, and policies that shape how food is produced today. From the latest agricultural innovations to the day-to-day challenges of running a viable business growing vegetables and grazing cattle, host Lisa Elaine Held engages in conversations with farmers and farm workers and the people who work alongside them—like chefs, researchers, activists, and investors. Expect from-the-field insights paired with real-world context as guests explore how producing fresh, delicious food relates to environmental and community sustainability, equality and justice, politics and policy, and better health.”

Where to Find It: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Podcast’s Website

Female Farmer Project

Podcast Hosts: Audra Mulkern and Kate Doughty

What It’s About: Women in agriculture and the traditions, culture and knowledge fostered in the population

Year Started: 2016

Episodes-to-Date: 40

Frequency: Monthly

From the Podcaster: “A podcast series that aims to serve as a platform for women to discuss agricultural issues, and give power to the traditional, cultural, and experience-driven knowledge.”

Where to Find It: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Soundcloud, Spotify, Podcast’s Website

The Food Chain (BBC)

What It’s About: The business, science, and culture of food 

Year Started: 2014

Episodes-to-Date: 243

Frequency: Weekly 

From the Podcaster: “The Food Chain examines the business, science and cultural significance of food, and what it takes to put food on your plate.”

Food Talk with Dani Nierenberg

Podcast Host: Dani Nierenberg

What It’s About: Food news and politics

Year Started: 2018

Episodes-to-Date: 89

Frequency: Twice a week

From the Podcaster: “Food Tank’s Dani Nierenberg chats with the most important folks in the food industry about the most important food news twice a week.”

Where to Find It: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher 

Hacking Hunger (World Food Program USA)

Podcast Host: MJ Altman

What It’s About: Sharing food news in the lens of human stories about food and world hunger

Year Started: 2015

Episodes-to-Date: 39

Frequency: Monthly

From the Podcaster: “A podcast produced by World Food Program USA with the hidden, human stories about food on the front lines of hunger. ”

Where to Find It: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, StitcheriHeartRADIO, Podcast’s Website

The Leading Voices in Food (Duke World Food Policy Center)

Podcast Host: Dr. Kelly Brownell

What It’s About:  Topics across the food system including food insecurity, obesity, access and equity, food safety, food policy, and more

Year Started: 2018

Episodes-to-Date: 74

Frequency: Weekly

From the Podcaster: “Our vision for the podcast series is to offer wide-ranging perspectives and knowledge from researchers, community leaders, policymakers, farmers and more. We will feature topics across the food system spectrum such as food insecurity, obesity, agriculture, access and equity, food safety, food defense, and food policy issues. The series is hosted by Dr. Kelly Brownell, director of the World Food Policy Center, and professor of public policy and psychology at Duke University.”

Where to Find It: Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Podcast’s Website

Target Zero Hunger (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)

What It’s About: Research, food challenges, and solutions in global food security

Year Started: 2016

Episodes-to-Date: 58

Frequency: Bi-weekly

From the Podcaster: “TARGET: Zero Hunger is a podcast about global food security. With the latest research and the help of farmers, development experts and decision-makers around the world, each episode explores the food challenges and solutions of our time.”

Where to Find It: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Soundcloud, iHeartRADIO, Podcast’s Website

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