Chat with Leah McGrath, RD, LDN


Agriculture has to deal with a lot of myths, misinformation, and misleading marketing. But imagine being a registered dietitian – hands down it would be so much worse! I chatted with Leah McGrath, a Registered Dietitian and founder of Buildup Dietitians, about her work, food, and social media.

You’re considered a Registered Dietitian, but I’ve also heard of Nutritionists. What’s the difference? 

You will often see “A dietitian can call themselves a nutritionist, but not every nutritionist is a dietitian”  Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) – though we can also just say Registered Dietitian (RD) is a credentialed title.  We have to have  a degree (all of us have undergraduate and many  Master’s degrees), complete an internship  of about 1200 hours with different rotations (food service, clinical, community, public health etc), pass a nationally administered board exam and keep up continuing education hours annually.  It is not uncommon to find people who call themselves a “nutritionist” who have completed a brief on-line course, don’t have a degree in nutrition and have never done an internship or passed any sort of national board exam.

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AmandaMy name is Amanda. I’m the proud daughter (and sister!) of conventional farmers in Southwest Michigan. I’m also a practicing attorney. For 26 years, my family ran and supplied a roadside market selling our own fresh fruits and vegetables. We now farm corn and soybeans.

Unfortunately, misinformation about food and agriculture is pervasive these days. My goal is to help educate consumers about conventional farming and give people a glimpse into how our food is raised and why certain production methods are used.

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