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14-year-old activist Rachel Parent debates Kevin O’Leary on the question of why genetically modified foods need to be avoided
GREAT JOB, Rachel. I just discovered you from Natural News coverage and got so impressed how well-prepared and collected you debated with the manipulative corporate rhetoric. I want to provide some reinforcement for your future presentation.
Regarding GMO cropping in developing countries, I think it’s not ok because Roundup spoils the soil and makes it unsuitable for non-GMO cropping, which knees farmer’s sovereignty to corporate dominance.
Regarding the labeling, it matters because such label information creates “INCENTIVES” for more people to choose NON-GMO produces and products (may/may not organics). which will diminish Monsanto’s market dominance. That’s what GMO corporations fear the most. In other words, labeling make a business sense for honesty and real quality. The “Incentive” is the keyword.
Keep going. You reminds each us of how power and bright we can shine.
With Love and Solidarity,
Respect to you Rachel Parent
Smart girl, and great job schooling this fool! Glad to have you fighting along side of us in this battle =3
Wow what a great Debate ,Monsanto and others GMO Corp. will try to silent you by offering you millions of dollars ,don’t fall for it.
Kevin O’Leary (the “news” anchor here) is an idiot. He keeps touting the benefits of GMO foods, but has no evidence to back that up, nor would he, as GMOs have lower nutritional content AND do not guarantee higher yields. The worst kind of bully is an ignorant bully.
Nice job on the Kevin Oleary show. One thing I wish you had mention on the show. These poor farmers all
over the world have to make a pack with monsatan. They are required to sign a contract that says these farmers must buy the pesticides and seeds only from Monsatan. Many end up going bankrupt because of
the huge cost combined with crop loss. Every 30 min a farmer commits suicide because of these deals that
go bad with Monsatan.
Please keep up the good work
What can we do to support this girl! She is amazing!
You go girl! Keep up the good fight
Well done Rachel! I watched your interview with Kevin and you were fantastic! He is should be ashamed of himself. He accuses you of the very same problem he has. He has totally bought into the media machine about improving our lives with GMO’s. I wonder if he has even bothered to research both sides? I bet he buys organic food only himself!
You handled yourself so well — we all have a right to know! Keep up the great work Rachel!
Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!!!
For being you and standing up for what you believe in.
You are magnificent and a fantastic example for your peers.
Keep up the good work, Rachel! Kevin can go and choke on GMO fed corn!
My name is Jacques Lechasseur.
I watched you trying to teach prudence, open-mindedness, and wisdom to Kevin O’Leary on CBC’s The Lang and O’Leary Exchange show, exceptionally. Exceptionally because I have problems with his attitude on camera. So I could imagine off camera… I wouldn’t be surprised learning that he eats organic anyway.
If any privileged O’Leary of this world ever tries to make us all cry, including you, of pity for the poor third-world little children for the lack of protein-rich food is in their daily meagre rations if there are no more GMO cereals grown in their countries, just remind him or her (Lang was a little less forward in her arguments for GMOs but she was nevertheless) that India banned GMOs for many reasons, including fertile soil degradation, poor nutrition, poor harvest, expensive seeds, expensive and overly used pesticides (although Mondesanto, punt voluntary (meaning worldsanto instead of mysanto in French), claims the opposite), use of seeds for replanting impossible and/or called illegal and brought to tribunals, farming family bankruptcy, and farmers’ suicides. I believe a country of more than one billion people like India knows the dangers of low protein food, and out of 10 most protein-rich foods, seeds and cereals come last, tofu is sixth, and beans, 7th. The rest is from animal protein, and you don’t plant GMO turkey, salmon… At least not yet… So O’Leary was wrong in his claim by preaching the GMO bible of lies.
The French made enough studies on GMOs to use their scientific results and banning reasons as examples. Russia banned GMOs, and many other European countries either have done it or are planning to do it.
As you know some heads (strange to have to call them that… when their lack of thinking is so obvious) of Mondesanto and other GMO sorcerer-apprentice producers are now involved in the US regulation of foods, namely the national one, the Food and Drug Administration, the FDA. And the US President is the person who allowed such a possible public danger situation to happen. If the purpose of such nominations is to give a break to GMOs, that’s one break they didn’t need, being so powerful. On top of that, the GMO producers have the support of the military industrial complex. It must be for the latest, today or tomorrow, generation of Agent Red or some other ripened agent name, that will be used to spray death from 40 km up in the sky.
There’s also the important fact, besides cross-genetic natural plants’ alteration, of producing pesticide-resistant insects, the super insects, and the pesticide/herbicide-resistant weeds, the super weeds.
I just hope I didn’t phase you out of your need and will to keep spreading the truth about GMOs. It would be really a terrible loss since the world needs many, many Rachel Parent.
Please keep going at it, but don’t let your anti-GMO campaign alter your education plans. They’re too important to let them go. You’ll need all the studies’ background you’ll have to progress in your future, whether it’s for professional reasons or for public awareness ones.
You must have watched the “Seeds of Death — Unveiling the Lies of GMOs” full movie already : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6OxbpLwEjQ&feature=player_embedded
Best of luck to you! And thank you!
You go, Jacques! Merci beaucoup!
I should add that maybe the hosts of The Lang & O’Leary Exchange show are genuinely trying to avoid legal problems with the GMO industry, a very powerful and legally well counselled organization. Appearing to be on the right side could be enough to avoid legal problems. It wouldn’t be the first time that a public network is sued by a private organization. It happened a couple years ago to Société Radio-Canada, the French equivalent to the CBC.
Very pertinent point; thanks again!
Wow Rachel what composer you had in the face of that troglodyte.
That guy was incredibly ignorant on many levels and had no business debating you on a subject he obviously had no knowledge of.
Thanks for speaking up.
Full support from Europe!
Rachel, you are an incredible young woman. You stated your position so eloquently and clearly that it was unbelievable to me how Kevin O’Leary refused to acknowledge you but just kept beating the anti-science drum over your head. You aren’t anti-science and never said you were. You just want truth in labeling and the right for each individual to make his or her own choice. Your personal opinions on GMO are irrelevant to truth in labeling. Since everyone knows that Mr. Wonderful is only in it for the money I think it’s pretty easy to see who the shill is.
Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration to me.
Dr. Glenn Williams
Look, the world is laughing at Oleary and Lang!
Young people like you give me so much hope for the future. Your generation has such a tough fight ahead of you, but there has never been a group better equipped with skills in communication and logic. You will have a lot of support from people (more then twice your age) like me! A developed ethical position means you will end up on the right side of things, even though setbacks and small failures are inevitable. Good luck Rachel! Have fun
Rachel, you are awesome. Thank you for what you are doing. You are very careful with what you say and how you come across and are very effective, which gives us all hope. Listening to O’Leary regurgitate his Monsanto (‘death sentence’ ‘anti science’) talking points while implying you might become a shill and you handling yourself so well is inspiring. When O’Leary tried to guilt you over the poor starving children (as if Monsanto cares anything but profit) you handled it beautifully.
The real problem to me is that companies like Monsanto are only looking for solutions that can produce huge profits for them and they actively lock down and control their solution and prevent any other options (monopoly). They exclude every other possibility and stifle innovation and real science. That is not the way capitalism is supposed to work.
I think it is important to not let them get away with the idea that they are trying to do anything but make profits. The same is true of cancer treatment, which is one of the most profitable enterprises on the planet. There is no focus on prevention or cure because there is far more profit in long term, expensive and highly profitable treatments. And btw the GMOs help produce these cancers in the first place.
Rachel what a great interview, as an adult I do worry about the next generation, but after seeing you speak I must say I was very impressed and as a Canadian also very proud.
I do share your views and concerns so, Thank You Rachel for your work on this matter. I’m sure you are inspiring a generation to question.
Could not agree more with the immediate need for adequate, non-biased testing on franken-foods.
Thanks for speaking out for all of us who want to know what is on our plate, and the issues that are on our lips!
Excellent debate. There is a BIG need for organic natural fresh unmodified foods in the U.S.A. Overall as a society, Americans have become too dependent on ‘boxed’ foods whether they be frozen, canned, or otherwise. This along with all the preservatives (chemicals) and salts used to prevent spoilage has contributed to our demise. The amount of salt an American consumes is extremely high and exceeds recommended daily allowances. In other countries, like Turkey, people when they shop, if a tomato even appears larger than normal, they REFUSE to buy it because they say it contains hormones. They place high value on eating healthy, fresh, organic, unmodified, no hormones, and strongly insist that their foods be such, or refuse to purchase. Bigger is not better and gluttony (overeating), has been a problem of the ages. And Mr. O’Leary, meat is not a necessity every single day at every single serving. We consume way too much hormone and steroid injected meats in the USA. Organic fed cattle is much healthier and the meat tastes much better. I had the ability to visit family and everything they ate was grown in their farm. Nothing was hormone laced, steroid injected. Eggs were smaller, but fresh. Chickens fed organic cucumbers, and other vegetable scraps. The sheep were also fed similarly. There were no chemicals, no scientific engineering. So for kids not having what they need to eat, ha! My nieces and nephews were very healthy, pudgy, and having a great time living on a farm!
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