Rachel Parent is a powerhouse 14-year-old who is taking a stand against GMOs aka Genetically Modified Organisms. Doesn’t sound that appetizing right? Spoiler: a lot of the foods you eat are genetically modified.
What does that really mean though? Greaat question. Genetically Modified Organisms are plants, animals, and bacteria that are genetically engineered to yield the traits of other organisms. More than 60 countries around the world have banned the use and sale of genetically modified foods, however the US and Canada are not included in that list. Something’s wrong with this picture.
Rachel, a Canadian middle school student, has been speaking out for two years on behalf of ethical, long-term testing of GMOs and proper labeling on food packaging. (She also recently defended her position on popular talk show The Lang and O’Leary Exchange.) Why?
Well, currently, it is not mandatory for companies to label their products GMO and most of the packaged foods, fruits, and vegetables we consume are modified. Rachel and many others share the concern that altering our foods will have negative long-term effects on our health, and because testing is not conducted over a long period of time, the true effects of GMOs are unknown. She believes it is the right of kids, teens, and all consumers to know what is in the food they buy and eat in order for them to make informed decisions.
Go Rachel! We support your non-GMO movement and your gumption to stand up for your cause.
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- Desirée Coleman is a New York writer who can't get enough music, tea or social change. She hopes that one day all people will have access to clean drinking water.