Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Speaker Details

Rachel Parent (Toronto, Ontario)

Since age 11, Rachel Parent has devoted her life as an environment and food youth activist, and a vocal advocate for climate change and social justice. She is the founder of Kids Right to Know and Gen-Earth.Org. Rachel is particularly well known for her debate about GMOs with Kevin O’Leary on CBC Television, and her speech about GMOs at TEDx Toronto and SWSW. She has met personally with Canada’s former and present Ministers of Health, and Health Canada scientists to present her finding and concerns about agriculture, and even addressed Monsanto’s CEO Hugh Grant directly about these same concerns during a recent shareholders meeting. Throughout this journey, Rachel has been fortunate to work closely with the likes of Dr. David Suzuki, Dr. Jane Goodall, and Dr. Vandana Shiva to jointly raise awareness about the risks of GMOs and chemical agriculture. Rachel is a blogger for the Huffington Post, and the recipient of the Rob Stewart Youth Eco Hero Award. Follow her on Twitter Meet Rachel in Booth 424.

Panel: Living in Harmony with Nature
Saturday 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, 206

The Health and Environmental Risks of GMOs & Glyphosate
Saturday 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 203

Environmental Youth Speaker Rachel Parent, will speak about how every bite of food we eat can either diminish or improve our health and the health of our environment. Our current chemical intensive, Genetically Modified (GM) agriculture system is depleting nutrients in our soil, leading to a global nutrition crisis, while at the same time negatively impacting our environment.  Rachel will explain the health and environmental risks of GMOs and Glyphosate used in their production.

Film: Modified and Seed Exchange
Sunday 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 205

The Screening of the film Modified, will be followed by a Q/A, and an opportunity to learn, exchange seeds and connect with other like-minded change makers interested in the protection of nature’s diversity, seed freedom and growing healthy organic food. Don't forget to bring organic seeds for exchange!
About the Film:
Shot over a span of ten years, the film explores the impacts of genetically engineering our food, exposing the cozy relationship between the agribusiness industry and our governments. The film is anchored in the intimate story of the filmmaker’s relationship to her mom, an organic gardener, seed saver, and food activist who battled cancer while the film’s production was underway. Interweaving the personal and the political, the film uses family video archives, animations, and mouth-watering vignettes from the filmmakers award-winning PBS cooking show to create a visual celebration of homegrown food and family legacy. The film debunks the myth that GMOs are needed to feed the world and makes a compelling plea for a more sustainable and transparent food system.