Environmental and Safe Food Youth Activist and Speaker
Founder Director, Kids Right to Know .
Seventeen-year-old Rachel Parent is not your average teenage girl. Her passions include social justice, animal rights(4th GenVeg) responsible consumption, and environmental protection; and for the past five years, she has positioned herself as a strong advocate for the mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food.
In 2012, Rachel founded Kids Right To Know, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating other youth about food safety, challenging them to claim their right to know what’s in their food, and fight for GMO labeling in Canada.
Despite a busy Toronto high school student’s schedule, Rachel has given dozens of television, radio, magazine and online interviews, and participated in countless presentations, event appearances, and guest discussion panels.
She is particularly well known for her debate about GMOs with Kevin O’Leary and Amanda Lang on CBC Television, gaining over 9 Million Views on YouTube and her speech about GMOs at TEDxToronto. She has met personally with Canada’s former Prime Minister, Canada’s Minister of Health, and Health Canada scientists to present her finding and concerns about agriculture, and even addressed Monsanto’s CEO Hugh Grant directly about these same concerns during a recent shareholders meeting.
Throughout this journey, Rachel has been fortunate to work closely with the likes of Dr. David Suzuki, Dr. Jane Goodall, and Dr. Vandana Shiva to jointly raise awareness about the risks of GMO agriculture.
Rachel is a blogger for the Huffington Post, she has been acknowledged as an Emerging Leader by the Clean 50 Summit in Toronto; named one of Toronto’s Environmental Heroes by Now Magazine; and recognized as one of Canada’s top 20 under 20 Change Makers by Post City Magazine, Top 30 under 30, by Pacific Standard Magazine, and Women of the Year by ELLE Magazine Quebec .
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