GMO Crusader Fights for Kids’ Right to Know: Introduction (02:09)
Silver Donald Cameron introduces Rachel Parent and her crusade to get GMO foods labelled. Parent explains GMO and its two main commercialized traits— pesticide-producing and herbicide-resistant. She discusses the difference between hybridization and GMO.
Why Genetically Modify Organisms? (03:08)
Companies can patent genetically modified seeds; farmers have to continually purchase the seeds. Parent discusses cases where farmers went to court because of GMO pollination.
GMO Benefits (02:07)
Parent discusses the original declared benefits of GMO seeds and the actuality of farming with them.
Solving Hunger Issues (04:19)
Parent states that lack of proper distribution, lack of proper farming and irrigation, and lack of farmer education are the root causes of a country's inability to solve hunger. She explains the connection between GMO seeds, poverty, and suicide.
GMO Testing (02:14)
Parent states the FDA and Health Canada do not perform independent testing. She explains her conversation with Health Canada officials about who is responsible for GMO labeling; corporations are responsible for testing.
GMO Health Risks (01:23)
Parent discusses adverse effects of consuming foods produced from genetically modified seeds and the inability to link them without labeling.
GMO Labeling (03:52)
Parent discusses the support of motion M-480 to label GMOs and Agricultural Minister Gerry Ritz's position on mandatory labeling; Cameron quotes Ritz.
Label Resistance (03:07)
Parent reflects on why Ritz and members of the food industry are scared of GMO labeling. She discusses declining stocks and fear of glyphosate.
DARK Act (02:51)
This U.S. bill does not allow individual states to have GMO labeling; Canada and the U.S. are the only industrialized nations that do not require mandatory GMO labeling. Parent shares her feelings about GMOs.
GM Animals (05:59)
Parent discusses the introduction of genetically modified animals and the potential impact of GMO salmon.
Researching Our Food System (04:43)
Parent discusses starting her GMO crusade in the 6th grade and the influence of her family. Her school project was an "eye opener."
Making a Difference (05:14)
Parent believes everybody has a deep sense of what is right and wrong; many people want to do what is right for the planet but do not know how. She discusses youth taking action despite fear and a sense of apathy as a result of being overwhelmed.
Kids Right to Know (02:11)
Parent discusses the evolution of her website and her organization's use of social media. Kids Right to Know has a core group of 12 volunteers.
Parent's World Travels (02:00)
Parent discusses Vandana Shiva and what she learned on her trip to India, and describes what it was like to spend four days with Patch Adams.
Gandhi's Influence (02:04)
Parent believes that Gandhi is a role model for activists.
GMO Crusader Fights for Kids’ Right to Know: Wrap-Up and Additional Resources (00:42)
Cameron reiterates the role of Rachel Parents in the fight against GMOs and suggests other Green Interviews.
Credits: GMO Crusader Fights for Kids’ Right to Know: Rachel Parent (00:15)
Credits: GMO Crusader Fights for Kids’ Right to Know: Rachel Parent
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