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Robyn Obrien

Is the Grocery Manufacturers Association a Relic?

Maria Rodale | Posted 07.16.2014 | Food
Maria Rodale

The Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage, and consumer-product companies, but is it a relic of the 20th century?

The Food Industry's Choice

Maria Rodale | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Maria Rodale

The food industry has a choice to make: stand with the chemical companies or stand with its consumers.

Jamie Oliver Speaks With People Around the Globe on Food Revolution Day (VIDEO)

Robyn O'Brien | Posted 07.22.2012 | Food
Robyn O'Brien

Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide. To address it, Jamie Oliver launched the first-ever, global Food Revolution Day which took place in 620 cities around the globe.

Eco Etiquette: Is Genetically Modified Food Linked To Kids' Food Allergies?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 08.22.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

The federal government has no problem slapping graphic warning labels on a pack of cigarettes; yet when it comes to something that affects all of us -- the food we eat every day -- we're left playing Russian roulette.

The Power of Moms

Robyn O'Brien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Robyn O'Brien

If you threaten their babies, a mom turns into one hell of a defense mechanism. And today, the babies are threatened. Our very own CDC has said our babies won't enjoy a life as long as the ones we will enjoy.

Health Care Begins With a Grocery Cart

Robyn O'Brien | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robyn O'Brien

Safe food is a social justice issue that our taxpayer dollars could be used to support. Perhaps it's time to invite the USDA into the health care debate.

Are We Playing Russian Roulette With Our Children?

Robyn O'Brien | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robyn O'Brien

Today, health care spending represents 17% of our GDP, but perhaps it is time that we view our children as more than just a sales channel for Big Pharma's money making medicine.

Cloudy With a Chance of Allergies or Autism?

Robyn O'Brien | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robyn O'Brien

There are 26,000 food poisoning cases per 100,000 Americans, every year (an eye-popping 26% of the population). Compare that to only 3,400 cases in the UK, or 1,200 in France.

Is It Time For The "Mommy Lobby" Or A "Time Out" For Lobbyists?

Robyn O'Brien | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robyn O'Brien

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, in 2009, the Agribusiness Industry has spent a total of 1,071 lobbyists who have spent $69,077,420 on lobbying efforts in 2009 to date.

Kids Safe Chemical Act: The Chemical Industry Takes on the Mommy Lobby

Robyn O'Brien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robyn O'Brien

The Kid-Safe Chemicals Act would require manufacturers to first prove a chemical is actually safe before it's allowed into a consumer product.