Patrick at Sipi overlook Panorama


I like to write stuff, make videos, and create music. I want the stories I tell to bring readers and viewers and listeners to a new place—having provided an enjoyable experience, or revealed some new understanding about themselves or the world.

I’m interested in how people pursue health, especially in the fitness, nutrition and weight-loss realms. My professional work has largely focused on food policy, obesity prevention, health promotion, consumer advocacy, environmental issues and conservation, and the social and ecological impacts of what and how we eat.

I was a regular contributor to Scientific American Food Matters and The Daily Beast, and my multimedia and written work has appeared in Business Insider, Civil Eats, Grist, The Huffington Post, The Laura Flanders Show, Medium, Men’s Journal, The New York Times, Nashville Public Television, North Carolina Health News, North Carolina Public Television, Quartz, Upworthy, Weighty Matters, and Yahoo! News.

By day I get to tell the stories of Oceana’s work to save the oceans. By night I’m hopefully moving my body, making some music, eating a sandwich, or telling YOUR story—I’m always on the look out for a good story, so pitch away, I’m open for business.

Contact Patrick Mustain:

Email: patrickmustain at gmail dot com







  1. Susan Evans RN MSN
    September 16, 2013

    I taught healthy cooking to kids for over two years at a local Boys and Girls Club. I used ,mostly vegetables to cook. I would hold up the vegetable culprit and got the usual faces and groans. then we would roast the veggies. I took them out of the oven and much to my suprise the children could not eat them fast enough.. I told people that it was like i was cooking M and M’s. They loved them and ate them all and begged for more. I do not believe that kids will not eat veggies.. they just have not been exposed to them before.

  2. Silver
    May 23, 2013

    Greetings Patrick,

    I enjoyed reading your guest blog post in SA. Nice balance of humor and fact without being preachy. Best of luck to you in your career and congratulations on your recent degree(s).

  3. Ilene K
    May 23, 2013

    Hi Patrick. I found you via a link to your article in Scientific American from a Facebook friend. Your article really hits on the truth no one wants to see. I’ve always been interested in health and fitness probably because I was very ill as a child. Although I have never worked in the health/fitness industry I’m constantly pulled towards finding ways to improve my health. This has led me to become plant-based and a regular at the gym for the first time in my life. I’ve learned all about the Food industry and what a mess it really is. Just look at the weekly grocery advertisement to understand what’s wrong with how food is promoted and sold. Almost everything on sale is junk. There’s a very small space for produce while meat, chips, soda and cookies jump out at you from every page. It’s very hard for anyone to avoid the constant marketing of this non-food. And so few people know what is really healthy. Too many messages and no single place to get trustworthy information. I really like your thoughtful discussion here. Keep up the good work.

  4. Charlie Seltzer, MD
    May 22, 2013

    Patrick- Great stuff! If you ever want an opinion on the obesity trend, food industry, etc. please feel free to get in touch. Thanks!


  5. Tonya Gonzales
    May 22, 2013

    I really enjoyed your blog on the Scientific American site and look forward to reading and learning more. Being a nutritional health coach in a retail setting is challenging and rewarding and provides me with a platform to educate people on the exact things you discussed. Have a blessed and joyous day!

  6. admin
    May 22, 2013

    The conversation is changing! Don’t give up hope! It’s a big hill, but those are the most rewarding to summit!
    Thanks for the comment, and keep up the dialogue.

  7. admin
    May 22, 2013

    Thanks Caleb! Love the MLK quote!

  8. admin
    May 21, 2013

    Awesome, thanks for the comment Kathleen. Good luck finding a school that fits!

  9. Kathleen Nay
    May 21, 2013

    Hi Patrick! I, too, found your site by way of your “Dear American Consumers” article at the Scientific American blog. I became interested in the food industry and its effects on our environment and health when I was a Junior in college (studying things mostly unrelated). Five years later the food industry still fascinates (sometimes infuriates) me. Lately I’ve been considering grad school and am looking for programs that will allow me to apply my interests in food, environment, health, and policy. I don’t have a clear idea of where this will take me, but I’m inspired by what you’re creating! I plan to keep following you. Maybe one of these days I’ll find my own path.


  10. Mary Moore
    May 21, 2013

    Years ago, I did a study regarding the consciousness change in housewives during the late 40’s and 50’s. I happened to have a “Betty Crocker Cook Book” that targeted women after WWII in a subtle attempt to move them out of the workforce and back into the home, presumably to allow more jobs for the men coming home from the war. On the front of the book were pictures of a happy housewife preparing home cooked meals for her family. On the other side was a picture of a housewife heading out the door of her home toting a set of golf club, implying that with new technology (such as modern appliances, canned foods and packaged products) she could free herself from the “drudgery” of being a mere housewife.

    This was an interesting study. The movement was very subtle. Advertizing of new conveniences in major magazines of the time also lent to the shift in consciousness. With your interest in “how commercialization shapes the way people think”, perhaps this will add to your insight.


  11. WL Wiesser
    May 20, 2013

    Hi Patrick

    I loved you article in Scientific American and have been sharing this on both a personal and professional level.

    Like you, I am a passionate believer in good food for all and that people need to be responsible for their own health.
    Your article covers the issues perfectly – money in the corporate coffers to make supposedly healthy food and then more money for the medical sector when everyone gets sick!
    It is criminal and we need to convince others to vote away from this!

    Sadly, most people prefer to turn a blind eye as the alternatives – buying and preparing fresh food – seem too hard… a lot of people only start to become interested in the food conversation when there is a health issue at risk…. We need to be taking more preventative action.

    I’m a passionate Ambassador for the Food Revolution (Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution/Food Foundation) as I believe we need to help educate those around us who are still walking around with their eyes closed and wallet wide open…

    Keep up your great work, I look forward to more inspiring articles from you.


  12. Brian Donais
    May 20, 2013

    Patrick, I almost gave up hope that things could change because of all the greed in the food industry.
    Reading your article has been my argument with people for years we have been taken advantage of .

  13. Caleb
    May 20, 2013

    Yes, Patrick, well-done on your “Dear American Consumers” article. Hopefully we can look forward to similar “letters” in the future from the other usual suspects mentioned at the end of your article — the pharmaceutical industry, the health and fitness industry, and the healthcare industry. And you certainly wouldn’t want to leave out the supplement industry… I think they’ve managed to make a dollar or two off of clever marketing.

    Tongue-in-cheek aside, thank you for speaking out. Keep up the good work.


    “The time is always right to do what is right.” –MLK Jr.


  14. admin
    May 20, 2013

    Hi Danielle,

    I’d be honored! Thanks for the comment!

  15. Danielle
    May 20, 2013

    Great blog in Scientific American. I am preparing a college course focused on writing about food, and this would be a perfect text to include when I cover issues related to tone and audience. Do you mind if I use it?

    I also appreciate what you have to say here about how your personal experiences led you back to college. I teach at a community college where we see a number of returning vets as well as students who were uninspired in high school. I think it’s important to help them see that a personal investment and genuine interest in what they are studying is, in the end, more important than find a “safe” major.

  16. admin
    May 19, 2013

    Well, coming from an experienced professional, that means a lot. Thanks!

  17. admin
    May 19, 2013

    Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!

  18. Emma Lowrey
    May 19, 2013

    Just found you, through your letter from the food industry. Keep up the good work!

  19. Heather
    May 19, 2013

    Great column in Scientific American! I’m a recovering 20-year journalist who covered health, among other things, and just loved it. You need a Facebook page… so I sent you a friend request instead. Great work!

  20. admin
    May 2, 2013

    Thanks Molly! You were always one of my star clients, your attitude made my work not seem like work at all. I’m excited to see you embrace an active lifestyle, what, with the blog and your cycling classes. Way to go! And yes, great to keep in touch. Take care!

  21. Molly
    May 2, 2013

    Patrick – I am really looking forward to reading your articles and musings about fitness! Working with you helped shape my attitude about health in such a positive, sustainable way. Glad I’ll be able to keep up with you long distance!

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