Hi everyone my name is Rachel Parent.
When I first heard about GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), I was confused and angry. I’ll never forget when my world was turned upside-down. I learned I was part of a big science experiment.
I couldn’t believe that our government wasn’t doing any independent testing on the long-term effects of GMOs on our health and the environment.
I couldn’t believe they approved GMO crops based only on the studies from the biotech companies that stood to profit from their approval.
At first I didn’t know what to do, and as I researched more and more, I became seriously worried about the long-term risks of GMOs.
I didn’t realize at the time that there was much more at stake than our health. There is our freedom of choice, our environment, our bees and butterflies, our entire eco-system, and our future!
Approximately 70% of the foods we now eat contain Genetically Modified Organisms and many independent, peer reviewed studies question the safety of GMOs, for our health and the environment. Ingredients such as corn, canola, soy, high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, and vegetable oil, found in most processed foods have a 90% chance of being genetically modified.
GMO labeling is mandatory in 64 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, Russia, China and all the countries in the European Union. But not in Canada or the USA, so my question is: WHY NOT US?
Then I began to realize what I needed to do – I had to tell others about it, especially the children. So I founded a not-for-profit organization called Kids Right To Know. The main goal of my organization is to increase awareness about GMOs and the risks associated with them, and to demand mandatory GMO labeling for all the products that unsuspecting parents are feeding their families.
Since then, my anger and worry has become my strength and motivation to help make our world a better place. Ultimately, we want Freedom of Choice in what we eat, so let’s work together and get GMOs labeled here in Canada and the US!