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Central State University Professor Featured on The Sweaty Penguin Podcast


Dr. Brandy Phipps Speaks on Sustainability in the Cannabis Industry

Wilberforce, OH —Central State University Assistant Professor of Food, Nutrition and Health, Brandy Phipps, Ph.D., was recently featured on The Sweaty Penguin, a comedy environmental podcast, in partnership with Peril and Promise, a PBS/WNET public media initiative on climate change.

The Sweaty Penguin invited Dr. Phipps to join the conversation to discuss her research which focuses on biomolecules in plant extracts and foods and how these can be used for disease prevention and alleviation as well as nutrition and wellness strategies to mitigate chronic health conditions in underserved and disadvantaged communities. Dr. Phipps recently earned a $10M grant from the USDA for a project evaluating how hemp can be used as a sustainable alternative for aquaculture feed.

“I appreciated the opportunity to discuss how responsible research in agriculture should address multiple important issues facing society – including sustainable agriculture, climate change, and environmental and health justice,”  said Dr. Phipps.

During her interview, Dr. Phipps discussed how some forms of cannabis cultivation can have many environmental benefits, while other methods consume large amounts of energy or harm ecosystems. She stressed the importance of doing “agriculture responsibly,” adding that people must think about how cultivation decisions can affect multiple intersecting things like climate change and environmental health.

According to says Ethan Brown, founder and host of The Sweaty Penguin, the program is  designed to reach young people across the political spectrum and foster common ground on the environment.  

Listen to Dr. Phipps’ insights at  Learn more about the Sweaty Penguin podcast at To learn more about Central State University visit


Photo: Brandy Phipps, Ph.D.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------About Central State University: Central State University, located in Wilberforce, Ohio, is a regionally accredited 1890 Land-Grant University with a 135-year tradition of preparing students from diverse backgrounds and experiences for leadership, research and service. The University, which has been named HBCU of the Year by HBCU Digest, fosters academic excellence within a nurturing environment and provides a strong liberal arts foundation and STEM-Ag curriculum leading to professional careers and advanced studies globally.

EEO Statement: Central State University, an 1890 Land-Grant Institution, is committed to the full inclusion of all people, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, marital or family status, military status, national origin, political beliefs, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. If reasonable accommodations are needed, please contact the Department of Human Resources at 937-376-6540. Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity institution.

Central State University Land-Grant programs are sponsored in part by funding from the USDA-NIFA.

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