Meet Rachel Parent — the teen fighting for GMO labelling in Canada Watch: Rachel Parent is a 15-year-old activist. Her goal: mandatory labelling in Canada of all genetically modified organisms, or GMOs that are found as ingredients in food. Allison Vuchnich has part one of a four-part series on GMOs and labelling. UPDATE: Rachel Parent has met with Health Minister Rona Ambrose. Standing in the grocery store aisle surrounded by processed and packaged food, examining ingredients and scanning labels: this is shopping with Rachel Parent, and it is a thorough process. “About 70 per cent of the (processed) food on all our grocery store shelves is genetically modified or has GMO ingredients in it,” Parent told Global News as she reached for a container of relish and examined its ingredient list. So for instance, glucose fructose is a derivative from corn and it’s high-fructose corn syrup basically, so there really is a 90 per cent chance that it is GMO,” she said. “Of course, I would never know unless it was labelled.” Parent is a 15-year-old activist.
The Reaction To #LikeAGirl Is Exactly Why It's So Important Out of all the controversial ads that aired during the Super Bowl, the one that may have spurred the most vocal backlash was the one that promoted gender equality. The original "Like A Girl" spot, which first aired in June 2014, featured people being asked to throw, run and fight "like a girl." Instead of simply doing these actions, each person weakly reenacted them, by accidentally dropping the ball or slapping instead of punching. But when the same questions were asked of young girls, they threw, ran and fought aggressively -- like anyone would. The implication: To do something "like a girl" is to do it badly, but that negative connotation is something that is only learned over time. The campaign received a lot of positive attention when it originally aired, but it wasn't until Sunday's shortened Super Bowl ad, which approximately 115 million people watched, that the Internet's resident haters really found their voices. maya j/TwitterTamar Bains/Twitter
Teen activist Rachel Parent set to debate health minister on GMO labelling An Ontario teenager who held her own in a debate with CBC’s Kevin O’Leary about GMO labelling will have her voice heard in Ottawa. Rachel Parent, 15, will meet with Health Minister Rona Ambrose later this month to discuss her goal of having all genetically modified foods clearly identified. "It’s super exciting," Parent told Yahoo Canada News in an interview last week. "I want to talk to her about GMOs not being proven safe and that we need long-term, independent studies to determine their safety. "And finally, I’d really like to talk to her about the fact that until it’s proven safe, we should at least label them so we have the freedom to choose [what we eat]." Genetically modified organisms are crops or animals that have had their genes altered with DNA from different living species, so that they become resistant to disease or tolerant of pesticides. According to a U.S. Parent and other opponents argue that the technology hasn't been proven to be safe and therefore should be labelled.
Food maker sued by Florida mom over Goldfish "natural" label FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — If you have bought Cheddar Goldfish snacks in the past four years, one fed-up Florida mom wants to help you get your money back. And she has put South Florida at the center of a national debate over genetically modified foods. Those are foods that have been changed in a lab. Palm Beach County schoolteacher Lisa Leo has taken Pepperidge Farm to court for false advertising. Her lawsuit was filed June 11 in federal court. A Consumer's Right To Know Shoppers "have a right to know what they’re putting in their bodies,” said Joshua Eggnatz. Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are plant or animal products. About 90 percent of the corn, cotton, soybeans and sugar beets grown in the United States are genetically altered. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not defined what “natural” means on food labels. According to the lawsuit, Leo purchased the snacks monthly from three stores. GMO Foods Under Fire Pepperidge Farm officials did not return calls for a comment.
Food labels may get more complicated Voters in two states will decide if people will get to learn what is deep inside their food. On Nov. 4, citizens in Oregon and Colorado will vote on whether companies must tell buyers, on the package, when food has been genetically changed in any way. The proposed laws call for labeling those foods. GMO stands for genetically modified organism. A GMO is any plant or animal whose genes have been changed in a lab. Companies genetically modify crops or food livestock with genes from other species to give them certain qualities. People who oppose GMOs say they are not safe. Lots Of Worry Over GMOs Oregon and Colorado could become the first to pass a referendum calling for GMO labeling. So far, food companies in favor of GMOs have been successful in fighting label laws. Supporters of GMO food labels argue that people have a right to know what's in their food. Scientists largely say the fear that GMOs are dangerous is not true. No Nutrition Information? Thomas M. Ice Cream Gets Into The Act
GMO Facts What are GMOs? GMOs (or “genetically modified organisms”) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, or GE. This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods. Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights. Are GMOs safe? Are GMOs labeled? Where does the Non-GMO Project come in? Do Americans want non-GMO foods and supplements? How common are GMOs? Why does the Non-GMO Project verify products that have a low risk of containing GMOs? Contamination incidents have occurred with seemingly “low-risk” products (rice, starling corn, flax). How do GMOs affect farmers?
Global Warming and the American Pika The tiny pika, a cousin of the rabbit that lives on mountain peaks in the western United States, is running out of options. In fact, they have already disappeared from over one-third of their previously known habitat in Oregon and Nevada. Now, the situation is so dire that the U.S. Because these small mammals have adapted to cold alpine conditions, pikas are intolerant of high temperatures and can die from overheating when exposed for just a few hours. Support National Wildlife Federation's work to protect pikas and other wildlife struggling to survive climate change, habitat loss and other threats >> Adapted to Cold Weather Pikas, which once lived across North America, have been retreating upslope over the past 12,000 years. Though most pikas in the Lower 48 inhabit alpine ecosystems exclusively, some survive at lower altitudes where deep, cool caves are available, such as the ice tubes in California's Lava Beds National Monument. Why is the Pika in Trouble? Nowhere to Go
Red-tailed Hawk Basic Facts and Photos - Oklahoma Birds and Butterflies Red-tailed Hawk Basic Facts and Photos by Charly Mann The average red-tailed hawk lives twenty years in the wild. Its eyesight is eight times more powerful than a human’s. Like the song Oklahoma says these birds do "make lazy circles in the sky." They usually weigh between 3 and 5 pounds. Red-tailed hawks are great at reducing rat populations. These birds are classified as raptors. The Red-tailed hawk is very intelligent and is one of the easier raptors to tame. The female (hen) Red-tailed Hawk is the most desirable in falconry because of its larger size, which allows it to take medium sized animals including ducks and pheasant. photos by Kathryn Mann Tweet
Malala Fund Blog - Malala's Nobel Peace Prize Speech Join Malala in seeing #TheLast at Malala.org Let us become the first generation to decide to be the last that sees empty classrooms, lost childhoods, and wasted potential.Let this be the last time that a boy or a girl spends their childhood in a factory.Let this be the last time that a girl is forced into early child marriage.Let this be the last time that an innocent child loses life in war.Let this be the last time that a child remains out of school.Let this end with us.And let us begin this ending…. together…. today….. right here, right now. Topics: #TheLast Nobel Peace Prize youtube.com I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban (Book) Malala Yousafzai (Award Winner) video
Inside the food industry: the surprising truth about what you eat On a bright, cold day in late November 2013, I found myself in the dark, eerie, indoor expanses of Frankfurt’s Blade Runner-like Festhalle Messe. I was there undercover, to attend an annual trade show called Food Ingredients. This three-day exhibition hosts the world’s most important gathering of ingredients suppliers, distributors and buyers. While exhibitors at most food exhibitions are often keen for you to taste their products, few standholders here had anything instantly edible to offer. A pastry chef in gleaming whites rounded off his live demonstration by offering sample petits fours to the buyers who had gathered. This is the goal of the wares on show, something the marketing messages make clear. Exhibitors’ stands were arranged like art installations. The broad business portfolio of the companies exhibiting at Food Ingredients was disconcerting. For the salesman, this preparation was a technical triumph, a boon to caterers who would otherwise waste unsold food.
Alex Lin, Teenage Activist He's overseen the recycling of 300,000 pounds of e-waste. He's successfully lobbied the Rhode Island state legislature to ban the dumping of electronics. He's used refurbished computers to create media centers in developing countries like Cameroon and Sri Lanka to foster computer literacy. He’s Alex Lin and he’s just 16 years old. “I don’t see anything uncommon in it,” says Lin, a high school senior from Westerly, Rhode Island. Lin’s catalytic moment came in 2004 when he chanced upon a Wall Street Journal article. E-waste, or electronics garbage, is the fastest growing section of the U.S. trash stream. While there is no federal law banning e-waste, 20 states have passed legislation mandating statewide e-waste recycling. If only the states with e-waste laws in their 2010 legislative pipeline—Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nebraska, and Utah, to name a few—had an Alex Lin at their disposal. Alex Lin, third from right, has taken e-waste matters into his own hands. Reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Tell Congress: Label GMOs! When companies genetically modify our food, we Americans need to know about it. The Denying Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act would deny Americans the right to know which foods are genetically modified. That’s why the companies that use GMOs are pushing so hard for this bill. Congress could move any day to pass or defeat the DARK Act. We need your voice with us to protect all our families. Sen. Note: This petition is sponsored by U.S.
American Pika Genus: Ochotona Species: princeps For years, the polar bear has been the symbol of the global warming movement. But today, the American pika has good grounds to compete with the polar bear for this unwanted honor. American pikas are suffering because global warming has brought higher temperatures to their western mountain homes. Pikas live in high mountain ecosystems that are cool and moist. Unlike other mountain species that can move to higher altitudes in warming climates, pikas live so high on the mountain that there is no where for them to go. Learn more about global warming's impact on the pika >> Description American pikas are small, rodent-like mammals. Pikas have brown and black fur. Size: Pikas are about 7-8 inches long. Diet: Pikas are herbivores. Pikas like to be prepared! Typical Lifespan: American pikas can live around 6-7 years. Habitat American pikas are found in alpine terrain, above the tree line, on mountains. How Pikas Communicate Life History and Reproduction Read more >>
PRO/CON: Is it time to label GMO foods? PRO: You won't have to worry about what's in your food Health and food safety are scary subjects for millions of Americans — and rightly so. Polls indicate alarm over the contamination of everyday foods. Americans are worried about pesticides, antibiotics, hormones and other unnatural things added to food. Americans are especially concerned about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). GMOs are plant or animal products that have been re-engineered in a lab. Many Americans Want GMO Labels A recent New York Times poll found that 93 percent of Americans want GMOs labeled. Two-thirds of Americans believe that GMOs are unsafe. Indeed, Americans now spend more than 10 cents of every food dollar for items labeled “organic,” “non-GMO” or “natural.” Possible GMO labeling laws made it onto voting ballots in California, Washington and Oregon. Vermont, Maine and Connecticut have passed popular laws requiring the labeling of GMOs. Banned In Europe But Not In U.S. The U.S. A Bad Bill In Congress