Not many 12 year olds have chosen the path that Rachel Parent has chosen. Rachel is the Founder of Kids Right to Know, a not-for-profit organization that she founded to inform the public, especially children, about food safety. Starting at the age of 12, Rachel began researching for a school project and a became alarmed by what she learned about GMOs. She started spreading her message far and wide.
At age 14, Rachel was given an opportunity to debate Kevin O’Leary, who hosts the Lang & O’Leary Exchange on CBC in Canada. Her debate with O’Leary is on youtube and has been viewed over 4.2 Million times. Rachel’s debate with O’Leary established herself as not only a powerful debater but a strong public spokesperson. She has given a TEdx talk at TedX Toronto and has spoken at many local and national events sharing her message about GMOs. Rachel has traveled to other countries with her activism, including India, where she had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Vandana Shiva and Tara Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter. She has also traveled to Australia, Kenya and Argentina where she shares her message of diversity and protecting the earth.
Just last November, Rachel was granted an audience with the Canadian Health Minister, Rona Ambrose, and was encouraged by that meeting. She is now waiting for a meeting with Health Canada where she can further her message about labeling GMOs.
Rachel shared her passion for the earth, as well as her plans to continue the education and enroll other teens to do the same. This kind of passion is infectious and unstoppable!
Click on the link at the bottom of the page to listen to this short 15 minute interview with Rachel Parent–she is truly inspirational!
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