I was a teenage GMO-labeling activist

Toronto’s Rachel Parent is now blogging on the Huffington Post:

Fourteen-year-old Rachel Parent lecturing at the University of Toronto.

“Hi, my name is Rachel Parent. I’m 14 years old and just started high school in Toronto. When I was 12 years old, I saw how GMOs were negatively impacting the entire ecosystem — the environment, soil, water, plants, animals, insects and people. Just everything and everyone. The issues seemed endless and scary! So I founded my non-profit organization Kids Right To Know. I figured, why not me? Why can’t I make a change?

The very first public speech I did (outside my school) was a grassroots rally downtown. It was in one of those little rooms that I think get rented out to do workshops and things like that. There were only about 12 people in total there and it was at that very moment, in that little room, with that little crowd of activists, that I felt the spark. I’ll never forget the feeling. I knew this was my passion. I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to become an activist too!

People ask me all the time, “What’s it like to be a child activist?” Well, it definitely keeps you busy. Insanely busy! LOL. But I love it! It’s so much fun and you feel so good because you’re doing good for the world. You feel good emotionally. I know lots of kids my age, love to go shopping. I’m not against shopping. It’s just not one of my big interests, or my priorities, and especially considering how much child labour is involved in most of the things that are sold in stores. Not all stores, but most of them. That part is a bit of a turn off.

You know what gets me really motivated though? I know there are lots of kids out there with some pretty awful allergies, and their parents, or maybe their school cafeteria is feeding them GMOs only they don’t know it. That’s what gets me up in the morning…OK, that’s what sometimes keeps me up at night too. But I get really excited knowing that I am about to educate all these people and open their eyes about GMOs. Maybe when all these people stop feeding kids (and adults) GMOs, their allergies will go away. Maybe even some other health issues they might have. The list of health problems that scientists are linking GMOs to is a very long and scary list. It’s crazy actually….”

Kudos to the editors at Huff Po for recognizing Rachel’s talent and giving her a platform from which to further her mission.

Follow Rachel’s blog on the Huffington Post.

Photo via Organic Connections Magazine.


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2 responses to “I was a teenage GMO-labeling activist

  1. aed939

    Bottom line is we want a consumer-driven market. It is not up to the government to tell us what does or does not need to be labeled. If the consumers want to know, put it on the label. The consumers do not have to justify their reason for wanting to know.

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