RACHEL PARENT – YOUTH ADVOCATE
GMO Labeling & Kids Right To Know
Hear safe food environmental youth activist Rachel Parent talk on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Show about GMO Labeling & Kids Right To Know what’s in their food.
About Rachel Parent
Rachel Parent is a relentless safe food environmental youth activist. Most known for her GMO Labeling advocacy, Rachel’s vision is actually much greater. 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.
Since surprising the world with her courage and clarity as the 14-year-old powerhouse who successfully challenged celebrity host Kevin O’Leary on CBC Television in a debate about GMO labeling, Rachel Parent’s service as a youth activist now more broadly includes food and climate, social justice, animal rights, responsible consumption, and environmental protection.
GMO Labeling Transparency Advocate
In 2012, Rachel founded Kids Right to Know, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating youth, about the connection between food production and climate change, with a focus and transparency in the labeling of Genetically Modified Food (GMO Labeling) in Canada and the USA.
Founded on the belief that we all have the “Right to Know” what’s in our food, regardless of age, Kids Right to Know seeks to inform, educate, empower, and motivate kids to stand up and make a difference.
Gen-Earth & Monarch Butterfly Conservation Programs
Passionate about environmental challenges & the current social and political dimensions associated with them, Parent also spearheaded and is the Director of Gen-Earth Events. Gen-Earth is an environmental platform dedicated to education through film and activism, with the goal of motivating youth to learn about organic regenerative climate solutions to help feed the world, cool our planet, and heal the environment.
During the summer months, Rachel has been dedicating some of her time working on building a Monarch Butterfly Conservation Program.
“Always leave the Earth better than you found it.”
~Rupert Stephens, Pioneering Organic Farmer
Media & Public Speaking
Since the age of 11, Rachel has devoted her energies for environmental and food safety activism. She has given dozens of television, radio, magazine and online interviews, including the well-publicized debate about GMO labeling with celebrity host Kevin O’Leary on CBC Television. She was also 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.
Throughout her journey, Rachel has collaborated with numerous 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 everyone’s lives and the environment, and motivating millions to ask questions and take action.
Awards & Honours
Rachel has a list of honours and awards that is far too long to name here. 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. Rachel was 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.
Books Rachel Recommends
If you would like to learn more about Rachel Parent, KIDS RIGHT TO KNOW, Gen-Earth, & Monarch Butterfly Conservation:
The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Show
Recent & Upcoming Shows:
October 11, 2018: Andrew Lopez – TOXIN-FREE GARDENING & PEST CONTROL (LISTEN NOW)
December 13, 2018: Kathryn Kellogg – ZERO WASTE HOLIDAYS – Part 2 (ENTERTAINING & DECORATING) (LISTEN NOW)
March 14, 2019: Kate Nicholson – OPIOIDS & PAIN: THE REST OF THE STORY (LISTEN NOW)
June 13, 2019: Maralee Mclean – PROTECTING SEXUALLY ABUSED CHILDREN (LISTEN NOW)
December 12, 2019: Dr. Udo Erasmus – TOTAL SEXY HEALTH (LISTEN LIVE)
January 9, 2020: Dr. Stephanie Seneff – PESTICIDES & HEALTH IMPACTS (LISTEN LIVE)
February 13, 2020: Dr. Natasha Turner – WOMEN, HORMONES & KETOSIS (LISTEN LIVE)
March 12, 2020: Gail Wetzler, PT, DPT, EDO, BI-D – ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES: BARRAL’S VISCERAL MANIPULATION (LISTEN LIVE)
April 9, 2020: Dr. Tom O’Bryan – REVERSING AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE (LISTEN LIVE)
May 14, 2020: E E.K.R. Venugopal IAS RETD) Human Rights Commissioner (India) – ERADICATING POVERTY (LISTEN LIVE)
June 2020: TBA
July 9, 2020: Dr. Paul Anderson – OUTSIDE THE BOX CANCER THERAPIES (LISTEN LIVE)
More Exciting Guests To Look Forward To…
Robyn McCord O’Brien – “REAL FOOD”
Drs. Karin & Rick Dina – RAW FOOD NUTRITION
Melvin Bray – STORYING INCLUSIVITY FOR KIDS
Allison Carmen – THE GIFT OF MAYBE
PODCASTS of Past Shows
1 / 2RETHINKING GLUTEN & THE GUT with Dr. Alessio Fasano, World-Renowned Celiac & Non-Celiac ResearchWHAT IS MAST CELL ACTIVATION SYNDROME? - Dr. Jill Carnahan MD on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowWHAT'S WITH WHEAT? with Cyndi O'Meara on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowAudrey Proulx: Change the WorldIRVIN YALOM & His Memoir 'BECOMING MYSELF' on the Dr Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowTOXIC BLACK MOLD EXPOSURE & REMEDIES with Dr Jill Carnahan on the Dr Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowFUNCTIONAL MEDICINE DR JILL CARNAHAN'S LIFE-CHANGING CANCER STORY on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowCBT, REBT & Positive Psychology -How Dr Albert Ellis Changed Psychotherapy (Dr Theresa Nicassio)THE DIDGERIDOO: CURING SLEEP APNEA, SOUND HEALING & THE DIDGESUSTAINABLE LIVING - A SIMPLER WAY TO LIVE: Dr. David Boyd 'The Optimistic Environmentalist'MINDFUL EATING WITH MAYO & HAELY LINDAU on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowSURPRISING FACTS ABOUT GLUTEN YOU PROBABLY DON'T KNOW with Nadine GrzeskowiakWHY IS SALT SO BAD FOR YOU? Dr. Saul Pilar MD Shares The Truth about Salt & HealthNEVER, EVER GIVE UP! - MONICA GARTNER SHARES HER INSPIRING STORY Living with Osteogenesis ImperfectaRETHINKING MOOD DISORDERS with Functional Medicine Doctor Jill Carnahan MD -Dr Theresa Nicassio ShowShocking New Discoveries About GLUTEN with Nadine Grzeskowiak on The Dr Theresa NIcassio ShowRETHINKING LIFE with Deanna Won on The Dr Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowCHANGING EDUCATION: Teaching Kids with Mindfulness in Mind & Teen HumanitarianRETHINKING 'HONEST MEDICINE' with Julia Schopick on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowWHAT IS NATURAL DETOXIFICATION? - Dr Jessica Renfer ND on The Dr Theresa Nicassio ShowTHE DEVIL’S DAUGHTER with Playwright & Actor Melody Owen at Vancouver Fringe FestivalRETHINKING LIFELONG IINTIMACY with OB/Gyn Barb Depree MD on The Dr. Theresa NIcassio ShowRETHINKING SPINAL CORD INJURY: Victim to Survivor to Thriver with Logan Seelye & Melody OwenBEAT CANCER with INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE: How Terminal Cancer Patients Beat The Odds (Rick Shapiro)RETHINKING TRAGEDY: "Crushed Alive: From Tragedy to Triumph"Dr Philip Zimbardo – FROM CREATING EVIL TO INSPIRING HEROISM (The Heroic Imagination Project)RETHINKING THE POWER OF ART: Caprice Hogg (& Melody Owen: On Embracing Life)RETHINKING JOY & KINDNESS Thru Art & Urban Gardening on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowRETHINKING PAIN AS TEACHER with Dr Paul Epstein on the Dr Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowRETHINKING PARENTING with Leeza Steindorf on The Dr. Theresa NIcassio ShowRETHINKING MOMENTS & MINDFUL LIVING with Marianne Pestana on The Dr Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowRETHINKING EXERCISE, AGING, MOOD & BRAIN HEALTH with Kate Maliha on the Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowFOODS THAT KILL CANCER & FOODS THAT FEED IT - Nutritionist Haely Lindau on Dr Theresa Nicassio ShowLIFE-CHANGING CELIAC DISEASE with Jules Shepard on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Radio ShowRETHINKING SLOW FOOD & PLEASURE with Raw Food Chef James SantFART FACTS: What Are Your Farts Telling You? with Dr David Miller ND on The Dr Theresa Nicassio ShowRETHINKING HAZING, SEXUAL ASSAULTS & SUBSTANCE ABUSE: Michael Ayalon on Theresa Nicassio ShowRETHINKING FOOD & FERTILITY with Dr. Lorne Brown of Acubalance on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowRETHINKING FOOD LABELING with Caroline Moassessi on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Show#RETHINKING #VACATIONING with Marco Aguilar (& Special Guest Appearance by Kim Vopni)RETHINKING YOUR OWN BRAND OF SEXY with Dr. Susan Edelman on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowRETHINKING SELF-ESTEEM, DISORDERED EATING & THE REPLACEMENT CHILD with Dr. Barbara JaffeRETHINKING OBSTACLES - Stories of Courage on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowRETHINKING AUTISM: A Mother-Daughter Love StoryRETHINKING FOOD SECURITY & FOOD SAFETY with Jane GrueberRETHINKING ANOREXIA & RUNNING With Christine BlanchetteRETHINKING HUMAN RIGHTS with LGBTQI Advocate Michelle Emson on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio ShowElton John’s Rocket Man, Love, Kindness, Health & HappinessThe Devil's Daughter - Transcending Child Abuse with Melody Owen on The Dr Theresa Nicassio ShowARE YOU SITTING TOO MUCH? SITTING DISEASE on The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Show1 / 2
January 16, 2017: Kate Maliha – EXERCISE FOR HEALTHY AGING, MOOD & BRAIN HEALTH & Judy Russell – How Are The Big Toe & Kidney Connected?(LISTEN NOW)
January 23, 2017: Dr. Jill Carnahan – DOCTOR SURVIVOR: LESSONS OVERCOMING CANCER (LISTEN NOW)
February 27, 2017: Dr. Alessio Fasano – CELIAC DISEASE, GLUTEN & THE GUT (LISTEN NOW)
April 3, 2017: Michael Ayalon – POSITIVE CHANGE ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES (LISTEN NOW)
September 25, 2017: Dr. Paul Epstein – ILLNESS AS OPPORTUNITY, PAIN AS TEACHER (LISTEN NOW)
About Dr. Theresa
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