Monterey, CA—The Organic Produce Summit (OPS) announced in a press release that chef and author Dan Barber and organic consumer activist Robyn O’Brien have been confirmed as keynote presenters at the fourth annual summit in July.
Barber is the chef and co-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and the author of The Third Plate (May 2014, The Penguin Press), as well as the co-founder of Row 7 Seed Company, which brings together chefs and plant breeders in the development of new varieties of vegetables and grains, according to the release. He was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
O’Brien is the VP of rePlant Capital, a financial services firm focused on reversing climate change. She was a founding team member of AIM/Invesco’s first hedge fund of $100+ million and a team member on their $20 billion Constellation fund. She is the founder of Do Good, a strategic advisory firm, and AllergyKids Foundation, which serves the 1 in 3 children with allergies, asthma, ADHD, and autism.
Barber and O’Brien, the release says, will present a pair of Ted Talk style presentations that headline a series of educational sessions at OPS, an event dedicated to bringing together organic fresh produce growers, shippers and processers with retailer and buying organizations from across the globe.
Susan Canales, president of OPS, said in the release, “We’re thrilled to have two dynamic and engaging leaders in their fields providing OPS attendees with thought provoking and inspiring content which highlights the growth and opportunities related to organic fresh produce.”