THE AD­VO­CATE

Annex Post - - T.O.'S MOST INSPIRING WOMEN OF 2017 - BY ADRIA VASIL EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL JOUR­NAL­IST & AU­THOR OF BEST­SELLING ECOHOLIC BOOK SE­RIES

Rachel Par­ent has been an in­cred­i­ble force in spread­ing aware­ness about ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied in­gre­di­ents, not just in Canada but around the world. Not a lot of kids — or adults for that mat­ter — are driven to start a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, but she founded Kid­sRightToKnow when she was just a young teen, and has been tire­lessly cam­paign­ing to have GMOs la­belled in Canada ever since.

At this point, over 60 coun­tries around the world re­quire la­belling of ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied foods. Canada’s re­ally be­hind the times. With Par­ent push­ing for progress, I hope the fed­eral gov­ern­ment will fi­nally give Cana­dian con­sumers the ba­sic right to know whether our food con­tains GMOs.

In or­der to see progress on any is­sue in the world, you need com­mit­ted ac­tivists like Par­ent push­ing for change. It can be a thank­less task and one that makes you vul­ner­a­ble to at­tacks, and yet she stands strong in the face of it all. Par­ent has han­dled her op­po­nents in the pro-GMO move­ment with grace and poise. She’s an ar­tic­u­late ad­vo­cate — I don't know many peo­ple that would vol­un­teer to go up against Kevin O’Leary!

Her pas­sion in­spires peo­ple young and old to use their voice and speak up for what they be­lieve in, re­gard­less of age. She’s cer­tainly en­cour­aged thou­sands of peo­ple to ques­tion their food choices and re­think what they put in their bod­ies. I re­ally ad­mire her strength and tenac­ity. She def­i­nitely in­spires all of us in the en­vi­ron­men­tal move­ment not to give up and to keep push­ing for a bet­ter world.

Par­ent, who grew up in York Re­gion, first started re­search­ing GMOs for a school project

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