Guest Blogger

Robyn O'Brien

Robyn O'Brien

According to the New York Times, Robyn O’Brien is "food’s Erin Brockovich". As the founder of AllergyKids, an organization designed to protect the 1 in 3 American children with autism, allergies, ADHD and asthma, Robyn has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric and CNN highlighting the role that chemicals in our food supply are having on our health. Born and raised in a conservative Texas family on supply side economics, Ding Dongs and Doritos, Robyn earned a Fulbright Fellowsip, an MBA on a full scholarship and served as an equity analyst on a multibillion dollar fund prior to moving to Boulder, Colorado with her husband and four children. Robyn is the author of The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About it (Random House, May 2009). Additional articles by Robyn can be found on her blog, FOOD POLITICS, at


Blog Posts by Robyn O'Brien

  • Restoring the Health of Our Children One Bite at a Time

    The AllergyKids Foundation: Restoring the Health of Our Children, One Bite at a Time!

    The landscape of children’s health has changed. No longer are our children guaranteed a healthy childhood – not in the face of the current rates of autism, food allergies, diabetes, childhood cancers and obesity. The mission of the AllergyKids Foundation is to inspire change in the health of children by protecting them from chemicals recently […]

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  • Disease-Driven Earnings: A Mother's Cost Benefit Analysis of Raising "Generation Rx"

    Disease-Driven Earnings: A Mother’s Cost Benefit Analysis of Raising “Generation Rx”

    Today’s headlines are enough to make any mother wary. As we battle our toddlers in the grocery store, we hardly have the energy left to decipher the headlines: Organics aren’t healthier, death panels await health care reform, bankers receive record bonuses, swine flu pandemics swirl. What has happened to the world that our children are […]

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  • Calling All Detectives!

    Calling All Detectives!

    In the meantime, I may listen to a few earnings’ calls as evidence continues to mount regarding health risks like infertility that these bio-engineered foods present. I may also clean out my cabinets in an effort to reduce my family’s exposure to these genetically engineered organisms now found in conventional corn, soy and milk in […]

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  • Playing God in the Garden?

    Playing God in the Garden?

    As I struggled to reconcile what I was learning about these corporations, their profit-driven strategies, our government and the global food crisis, I was fascinated by an article by Michael Pollan, “Playing God in the Garden” and a recent Catholic News document from the Vatican stating that “the responsibility for the food crisis “is in […]

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  • Viruses and gene guns?

    Viruses and gene guns?

    For those savvy eaters in our nation of 300 million eaters, you might be stunned to learn that according to the United States Department of Agriculture, the United States is the world’s largest corporate producer of genetically engineered organisms. Since the introduction of these bio-engineered ingredients into our food just over ten years ago, we […]

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  • Failure at the FDA?

    Failure at the FDA?

    For those of you who read yesterday’s article, you know what a mess our food supply has become. In the last eight years, the Food and Drug Administration, charged with safeguarding the health of our nation’s 300 million eaters, has not only seen its budget decline but has also seen its staffing levels fall behind […]

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  • We are a nation of 300 million eaters

    We are a Nation of 300 Million Eaters

    And anyone that eats can attest to the utter confusion that our food supply has become. As headlines swirl about beef recalls large enough to feed every American two hamburgers, baby formula laced with melamine, and controversial additives used to preserve processed foods, eaters can’t help but yearn for the days when all we had […]

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  • We are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For

    We are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For

    Whoah.  What just happened?  Does the end of this year at all resemble what we thought we knew twelve months ago?

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  • Picky Eaters, No Time and a Limited Food Budget?! Me, too!

    Picky Eaters, No Time and a Limited Food Budget?! Me, too!

    Fluorescent orange mac n cheese noodles: Replace the bright orange brand with the white cheddar brand (it really does help reduce your child’s unnecessary exposure to synthetic chemicals).

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  • The Price Tag of Sick Kids

    The Price Tag of Sick Kids

    As the population gets sicker, including our kids, the laundry list of chronic conditions grows – diabetes, asthma, allergies and ADHD. On top of that, the cost of health care continues to climb.

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