KIDS RIGHT TO KNOW: Just Label GMOs
The Kids Right To Know - GMO Labeling campaign is founded on the belief that we have the "Right to Know" what's in our food. Unfortunately, for the past twenty years we've been denied this right. Approximately 70% of the foods we now eat contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Many independent peer reviewed studies question the safety of GMOs, for our health and the environment. Without labeling, we don't have the Freedom of Choice to decide what we eat. The Just Label It! campaign was created to advocate for the labeling of GMO foods.
"Always leave the Earth better than you found it."
What are Genetically Engineered Foods / GMOs?
"Plants or animals that have had their genetic makeup altered to exhibit traits that are not naturally theirs."
From the glossary on the Monsanto website.
"Organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally."
World Health Organization
"As the cultivation of GMO crops intensifies and expands, ecological risks are emerging, such as superweeds, pest resistance, and adverse effects on non- target Organisms"
"Environmental Scientists do not yet know what long- term impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem function could result from dispersing GMOs and related products such as herbicides and BT Toxins into the environment."
"Any Politician or Scientist who tells you these (GMO) products are safe, is either very stupid or lying"
~David Suzuki, CC, OBC, PH.D LLD, Geneticist.
Over 80% of GM crops worldwide are engineered to be grown with the herbicide Glyphosate.
The World’s most sold herbicide, glyphosate (Antibiotic)is a probable human carcinogen.
~ World Health Organization, IARC Cancer agency .
GMOs or "genetically modified organisms,"Are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional cross breeding. Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit. Most Developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. GMO labeling is required in 64 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, Russia, China and all the countries in the European Union. There are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs in many countries. In Canada and the USA the governments approve GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them, and profit from their sale.
To increase awareness about GMOs (particularly for children) and the risks associated with them, and to demand mandatory GMO labeling for all the products that unsuspecting parents are feeding their families. Ingredients such as corn, canola, soy, High Fructose corn syrup, Aspartame, and vegetable oil, found in most processed foods. Ultimately, we want Freedom of Choice in what we eat.
Genetically Modified Organisms?
When I first heard about GMOs, I was confused and angry. I'll never forget when my world was turned upside-down. I learned I was part of a big science experiment. I couldn't believe that our government wasn't doing any testing on the long term effects of GMOs on our health and the environment. I couldn't believe they approved GMO crops based only on the studies from the biotech companies that stood to profit from their approval. I started to ask others, including school mates, and soon realized, that I wasn't the only one who had never heard of GMOs. At first I didn't know what to do, so I decided to research the topic more, and became more angry about the long term risks of GMOs. I didn't realize at the time that there was much more at stake than health, there was our Freedom of Choice, our environment, and our entire eco-system. I began to realize what I needed to do "“ I had to tell others about it, especially the children, so I founded Kids Right To Know. My anger has since become my strength and motivation to make the world a better place. I dedicate my heart and soul to this cause.
About Kids Right To Know
Rachel Parent, founder of Kids Right to Know, has devoted years to writing and speaking about GMOs. She believes that the planet is facing a real crisis. "Biotech Companies are creating GMOs and trying to re-invent nature, with the potential to completely devastate our entire eco system, including the rapid decline in bee population (Bee Colony Collapse), directly linked to the massive use of Pesticides. No Bees - No life", she says. She's worried that her future won't include "Natural Foods." She's also worried about the growing body of evidence connecting GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers' and consumers rights. This has motivated her to speak and educate kids and families in Canada and the USA about the risks of GMOs. Her hope is that a well informed public will pressure the government, the media, and food multinationals to do the right thing, and label GMO foods, giving consumers the Right to Know, and the Freedom of Choice.
Rachel is a grade 12 student, animal lover, environmentalist, speaker, and founder of Kids Right To Know.
(Rachel also suffered first hand, many years of allergies and skin conditions due to a diet in her childhood that included GMOs) TEDx https://youtu.be/b4sMMWJYUOs
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"One Planet for all, and all for one Planet"
If you are one of the millions that have watched the latest Debate on CBC, 14 Year Old Rachel Parent vs Kevin'O Leary on Lang and O'Leary Exchange, both hosts Kevin O'Leary (a firm Biotech supporter) and Amanda Lang made a strong comment that "we are the Experiment", and agreed with Rachel that "we do need labels on our food " https://youtu.be/HIXER_yZUBg