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Kids Right to Know Founder

Food and Climate Justice Activist

TEDx Speaker



Rachel Parent is a relentless environmental youth activist. She has a passionate and strong commitment to help motivate our youth, our communities, and policy makers to take simple actions every day for the protection of our ecosystems, the environment, and everyone’s future.

At 11 years old, Rachel began researching for a school project and became alarmed by what she learned about GMOs. This gave her the spark to become an activist fighting for our right to know what’s in our food by making GMO labeling a law in Canada.


That spark evolved into what’s now known as Kids Right to Know, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating youth about food safety and to make environmentally healthier choices, challenging them to claim their right to know what’s in their food.

For many years, Rachel Parent has been a strong advocate for responsible ethical food production and consumption for the reversal of climate change. She served as the Youth director of Regeneration International, and is the director of Kids Right to Know and Gen-Earth.Org—an event production organization dedicated to environmental education through film and activism.


The common denominator in all of her efforts is her passion for educating youth and future generations about environmental consciousness.

In her more than decade-long history of activism, Rachel has participated in countless presentations, speaking in events such as The New York Times Climate Hub Debate, COP28 Dubai, SXSW Austin, Texas, Uplift Festival, Australia, Planet in Focus, Green Living Show, Total Health Show, Sonoma Valley Heirloom Expo, Toronto Veg Fest and Vancouver Veg Expo, WE Day, TEDx Toronto, and many other international event appearances, including a well-publicized debate about GMOs with Kevin O’Leary on CBC Television.

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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 gaining millions of views and countless national and international media coverage.

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In 2015, Rachel was given the honour of moderating a panel discussion between world-renowned primatologist and activist, Dr. Jane Goodall and celebrated Canadian artist and activist, Robert Bateman.

In 2017, Rachel Parent was featured in a television series about GMO labeling that was aired on Global News National, the result of which awarded Rachel a meeting with the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Canada’s Minister of Health—something that Kids Right to Know had been heavily campaigning to make happen for over 12 months. This meeting with Canada’s then Minister of Health marked a huge victory for the organization and an important chapter in the non-GMO movement for Canada.

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Rachel’s momentum continued with another visit to Ottawa that winter to meet with 2 top ranked officials from Health Canada. Rachel asked them a long list of questions regarding food safety assessment, GMO labeling, and the GM Arctic Apple—which was in process for government approval.

Directly after that meeting, she went straight to Parliament Hill where she held her second press conference at The National Press Gallery. Here, she reported back to the nation what she learned from Health Canada, sharing the podium with Member of Parliament Murray Rankin, Health Critic of the Official Opposition.

That evening, Rachel was the guest of honour at the Parliamentary Restaurant, meeting with several Members of Parliament from across Canada, including Tom Mulcair, Leader of the Opposition. All were enthusiastic in supporting Rachel’s crusade of making GMO labeling a federal law, a motion in which Murray Rankin has put forward to the House of Commons as M-480.

A few months later, Rachel was invited to join MP. PierreLuc Dusseault, Sherbrooke, QC efforts to introduce a private member’s Bill C-291 to amend the Food and Drugs Act to allow the labelling of GMOs. The Bill was defeated in Parliament, but Rachel Parent promised she would never give up fighting for the right to know.

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The Common Denominator: a passion for the environment

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As a young environmental activist with an immense love for nature and animals, Rachel has travelled extensively around the world to learn more about food systems and regenerative solutions. She has visited regions and countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, The Netherlands, France, Kenya, and India where she attending Gandhi’s Earth Democracy and Globalization teachings through Navdanya, focused on organic agriculture and seed freedom. 

Honoring her long commitment to lead through action, she has been acknowledged as an Emerging Leader by The Clean50 Summit in Toronto, named one of Toronto’s Environmental Heroes by Now Magazine, nominated as Our Women of the Year in ELLE Magazine, recognized as one of the Seven Kids Saving the Planet Right Now by ELuxe Magazine, included in Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 Change Makers by Post City Magazine, featured in the Top 30 Thinkers Under 30 by Pacific Standard, included as one of Post City Toronto’s Most Inspiring Women, nominated as a finalist in Canada 150’s Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize.


She is also the recipient of the John Filion Award for Community Involvement, the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Volunteer Award, and the Rob Stewart Youth Eco Hero Award.

Throughout this journey, Rachel has been fortunate to meet and at times collaborate with world leaders in the food safety and environmental movement, including scientist Dr. Gilles-Eric Séralini, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Dr. Shiv Chopra, Dr. Bruce Lipton, author and filmmaker Jeffery Smith, author and attorney Steven Druker, Dr. David Suzuki, and Dr. Jane Goodall. Collectively, they are raising awareness about the risks of GMOs impacting everyones lives and the environment, and motivating millions to ask questions and take action.

As Rachel approaches her 12th year of environmental activism, Canada still does not require GMO labeling. Despite this, her passion for speaking out about the importance of improving the food system and ensuring environmental protection has not dimmed. She continues to research, educate and motivate others in schools and public events around the world in the name of transparency and choice. Rachel spends much of her time in the KRTK community garden working with young people to teach how food is grown, and how we can regenerate our earth.

Rachel Parent often sums up her life philosophy with a quote from the pioneering organic farmer Rupert Stephens: “Always leave the Earth better than you found it.”

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