Moving to the U.S. will increase your cancer risk by 400%.

{Robyn O’Brien, Ted Talks}

My friend Keith Martin-Smith, having seen this video, asks:

“Moving to the U.S. will increase your cancer risk by 400%. She links the increase risk to the fact we’re the only nation that allows engineered corn, milk, and soy onto its shelves. Wow.

A stunning look at the U.S. food market, competitiveness overseas, consumer lack of knowledge, and the healthcare industry. Really amazing. Thoughts?”

Our friend Robyn rocks it. 185,000 views and counting:

Robyn shares her personal story and how it inspired her current path as a “Real Food” evangelist. Grounded in a successful Wall Street career that was more interested in food as good business than good-for-you, this mother of four was shaken awake by the dangerous allergic reaction of one of her children to a “typical” breakfast. Her mission to unearth the cause revealed more about the food industry than she could stomach, and impelled her to share her findings with others. Informative and inspiring.

About this speaker

Robyn authored “The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It.” A former Wall Street food industry analyst, Robyn brings insight, compassion and detailed analysis to her research into the impact that the global food system is having on the health of our children. She founded allergykidsfoundation.org and was named by Forbes as one of “20 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter.” The New York Times has passionately described her as “Food’s Erin Brockovich.”



Before we released our speaker’s names, we featured a series of Speaker Teasers. Here, Robyn’s:

Real food, is that too much to ask;

Big industry, I take to task;

It’s time that we reclaim our plates;

from food forced into altered states.

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morganbee Oct 9, 2013 1:10pm

Wow – this is amazing. Way to take an issue and really get the messaging into a tight, digestible piece of information! Keep up the good work!

Sherrell Beckendorf Apr 1, 2012 8:00pm

Most people don’t realise that the 1700% APR’s that they see around are not actually what they have to pay. They would usually pay about 20% for a 30 day loan. Thank you for the brill article.

Gordon Apr 1, 2012 8:24am

You eat unhealthy animals your going to have unhealthy people. Simple

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