Robyn O’Brien

Author

A former financial and food industry analyst, Robyn O’Brien triggered an allergic reaction in the food industry when she asked: “Are we allergic to food or what’s been done to it?”

She has been called “food’s Erin Brockovich” by Bloomberg and the New York Times. From a conservative Texas family, Robyn earned an MBA on a full scholarship from Rice University, graduating as the top woman in her class before going to work as a financial analyst that covered the food industry. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Washington and Lee, where she was also Phi Beta Kappa.

On Mother’s Day 2009, Random House published her acclaimed book, The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It and today, Robyn is regarded as a food and health expert and sought after speaker who lectures and writes extensively, addressing the economic burden that disease is placing on our families, our companies and our country.

She served on the Board of Directors of Healthy Child Healthy World and other non-profit organizations. She also serves on advisory boards for start ups and has been hired to speak at Target, Compass Food Group, Bloomberg and to both organic and multinational food companies. She is constructive and solution-oriented, recognizing that solutions must address shareholders and stakeholders concerns if they are to be true solutions. Named after a farmer, she also is focused on supply chain issue and the financial structure of the farming system.

 

Organic Food

New Study Finds Clear Nutritional Advantage in Organic Foods

Analysing data from around the world, the team led by Newcastle University, reviewed 196 papers on milk and 67 papers on meat and found clear differences between organic and conventional milk and meat, especially in terms of fatty acid composition, and the concentrations of certain essential minerals and antioxidants.

Organic Food

In 2016: How Real People on Real Budgets Can Afford Organic Food

We have received several emails in the first few days of 2016 asking for tips on how to afford organic food. We get it. When we first started learning about how many additives, genetically engineered ingredients and synthetic pesticides were allowed into conventional foods—and that by law, these ingredients are not allowed in the production of organic food—we wanted to make the shift. But the numbers were totally intimidating, especially with four kids.