The Story of Agriculture Podcast: Episode 3 with John Frelka and Matt Teegarden, Ohio State food science graduate students.
Processed food, food additives, chemicals and modified foods. All of those phrases sound a bit intimidating, but they are important parts of getting food from the farm to plate and food scientists are the ones making sure that happens safely. But scientists aren’t always the type to want to be the center of attention, which makes communicating about science difficult at times, and has also allowed a lot of poor interpretations of science and pseudoscience to begin dominating the internet. A group of food scientists are hoping to help everyone figure out what is in their food through comedic videos and blogs through their group “Don’t eat the pseudoscience.”
In this episode we talk to John Frelka and Matt Teegarden, graduate students in the Department of Food Science and Technology at The Ohio State University. Outside of their studies and research at Ohio State, John and Matt have teamed up with other food science graduate students from around the country to create a group focused on sharing information with consumers about food - directly from the food scientists themselves. The group, called Don’t Eat the Pseudoscience, works to combat the misinformation that consumers often find about their food by utilizing social platforms and comedic videos to share scientifically accurate information.
Topics discussed in the episode include:
- Fear of large ingredient names
- How to find accurate information about food
- Relating to people as people and not a job position
You can check out John and Matt’s work on the Facebook and YouTube pages “Don’t Eat the Pseudoscience” and on Twitter @donteatpseudo. If you’d like to follow John and Matt, you can find them on Twitter @madfoodscience and @teeinthegarden, respectively.