Robyn O’Brien, author of The Unhealthy Truth, discusses Patriotism on a Plate at TEDxMileHigh conference. Below is the full transcript of the whole talk.
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I’m such an unlikely crusader for cleaning up the food supply. I grew up in Texas, eating my fair share of Doritos and Ding Dongs. I wasn’t a foodie. What I was, was the oldest of four kids and like you often hear about, I inherited absolutely every single one of those Type A overachieving genes that you read about in first born children. And thankfully, I learned how to channel that into academics, and I received a full scholarship to business school before graduating as the top one in my class.
I then went on to work as a food industry analyst and when the management teams of places like Whole Foods and Wild Oats would come to our offices, we just kind of thought it was “lifestyle of the rich and famous” or some hippie thing. We didn’t really get it. And so after doing that for a while, my husband and I decided to have kids, so I traded the brief case for a diaper bag. And using all of that Type A energy, I had four kids in just over five years. Up until that point, I really hadn’t given a whole lot of thought about what was in the food supply. I figured if it was on grocery store shelves, it was safe. Please don’t tell me what to eat, and don’t tell me what to feed my kids.