Rachel Parent




Rachel's interest in food labels began when she was 11 years old. Rachel began working on a school project and chose the subject of what's contained in the foods that we eat/ While researching forher project, Rachel found herself confused and angry by Genetically Modified Organisms. Specifically the Canadian Government wasn't conducting any testing on the effects of GMO's and our health. Canada is one of the countries where GMO labelling on our foods is not mandatory.


Companies in the United States may voluntarily label products that contain GMO's

In 2013, CBC’s Kevin O’Leary suggested on one of the episodes of the Lang and O’Leary Exchange that people who stand against GMOs should "stop eating" so we can "get rid of them." Rachel was outraged, and challenged him to a debate. O’Leary agreed, and the resulting debate was posted on YouTube, raising awareness about GMOs through over 2 million views in less
than two months, along with countless national and international media:

That debate can be found Here.
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At one point during the debate O'Leary challenged Rachel to imagine that she'd been born into less privilege. “Your only food was rice that had no vitamin A in it. You were going blind, and then you died. Five hundred fifty thousand people your age die that way every year. And a company like Monsanto could come along and offer you a genetically modified rice that includes vitamin A that could save your eyesight and your life. How do you feel about that, Rachel?” O’Leary asked.

Rachel quickly responded, "Actually, funny that you mention this. [GMO] golden rice was scrapped because it didn’t work, and in order for the average 11-year-old boy to get enough vitamin A from the rice, he’d have to eat 27 bowls of rice per day.”

On February 24, 2015 Rachel Parent was named Newsmaker of the Day by MacLeans Magazine.



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