Our food our choice.
Amazing Grace, how sweet our Earth…
February 20, 2013
Spring is in the air! I know it’s only February, yet after attending two amazing Organic Conferences and listening to speakers talk about fresh Organic farming, fresh milk and future possibilities for organic growth, it made me feel that now spring is just around the corner, and time to start preparing for another Kids Right to Know rally .
Early in the year, I had the privilege to receive an invitation by the Organic Council of Ontario to participate in a panel discussion with Jodi Koberinski, OCO Executive Director, Julie Daniluk, and John Devlin, at the Guelph Organic Expo Conference on Feb 2, 2013. The workshop topic was about reigniting the Organic movement, and to discuss the future of Organic foods. Later that day, I had the honour to present a Lifetime Achievement Award to an amazing couple, Tony and Fran Mc Quail, owners of the Meeting Place Organic Farm. It was a true delight meeting them to celebrate their achievement, and I look forward to visiting their farm soon. It was an amazing day, sharing ideas, meeting great people with a true sense of caring for our earth and our future. I was a very positive day, and I felt right at home. Thank you OCO for making it all possible.
Later in February, I was invited by the Canadian Organic Growers – Toronto Chapter, to do an opening tribute for the “Organic – The Way Forward” Conference in Toronto on Feb 16th. I decided that I wanted to sing a song with heart for Mother Nature, so I choose Amazing Grace, but changed the words to create a tribute to our Earth! The conference was amazing! The speakers had interesting stories about their personal experiences with farming and how much they loved the honesty of the Organic way.
Then the greatest highlight of the conference to me was getting to meet Dr. Guilles-Eric Seralini, the professor from the University of Caen in France, who recently released the results of his GMO rat study conducted over the entire lifespan of the rats. The results were very scary, and clearly showed the health risks associated with GMOs. He really has been the inspiration for me to keep creating awareness about the dangers of GMOs for everyone, particularly children. His study really freaked me out, and motivated me to let everyone know. Thank you COG Toronto Chapter for all your support, for this most amazing experience.
Dr. Seralini’s presentation was so compelling, and further inspired and motivated me. I also had the privilege to have shared a panel interview with Dr. Seralini, Dr. Anne Clark, Lucy Sharratt (CBAN) and Jody Koberinki (OCO), all amazing and inspiring role models. Now that we have conclusive studies and we understand that we have a huge problem, we must resolve it working together – one large global team. I believe education is key, I will continue creating awareness and educating other children about the danger of GMOS in their food, asking our government to label GMOs in our food, and also encourage everyone I know to support true local Organic food choices for better health. I also enjoyed Maria Emmer-Aaness (Nature’s Path) conversation. It was very positive and encouraging, particularly motivating for our Kids Right to Know movement. Thank you Maria for providing me with the opportunity to Model the most amazing, colorful GMO Activist 3 arm T-shirts ever! Depending on our fundraiser ,I will make sure to order a whole bunch of the T-shirts for our next walk to be scheduled for late spring(end of May) It is always refreshing and energizing for me to know that many other people are also motivated to make a change for a better and healthier planet.
We also had a Kids right to know booth that provided a chance for us to share information giving us a chance to meeting a lot of amazing individuals.
Kids Right to know, have created a 10’ x 4’ Get Well Soon Canada! Greeting card that we hope everyone will have chance to sign with messages directed to our Minister of the Environment about the GMO hazards to the environment. The card was designed with art about GMOs and environmental concerns by children from various Schools .The card will be on display at various events or can be set up in schools for 48 hours, I invite environmentally driven Schools to make an appointment and I will deliver the card for students to sign.
We are also encouraging everyone to send small donations to be able to continue with our work, printing flyers, travel cost and other associated expenses.
We have a large amount of copies of the Book GMO Myths and Truths, please send a small donation of $ 9.00 and up and we will send you a copy of the book by mail, please see our website.
I feel positive to say that everyone has a chance to make our planet a better place ,that we all need to participate if we want to see change, that YOU can be the change after all I always say
“One planet for all, all for one planet”.
Rachel Parent (grade 8 student)
So honoured! February 16, 2013 at the Organic The Way Forward Conference, Professor Guilles-Eric Seralini is signing a message for our Minister of the Environment, the 10’ x 4’ greeting card was produced by GMO Kids Right to Know, the GMO Art by children from various Schools.
The main message from the kids Get well soon Canada! Greeting card.
Dear Minister of the Environment
We the kids trust our responsible leaders to protect the Environment, today and for generations to come.
Please help Canada to be free of GMOs and harmful toxic pesticides.
Pesticide toxins are killing our bees, affecting our entire eco system, our health and chance of survival. We pray for your wisdom to protect our land.
Please help Canada get well soon!
Our future is in your hands.
We are counting on you!