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Rachel Parent, 14, Lands GMO Debate With Kevin O'Leary

06/26/2013 01:22 EDT | Updated 06/27/2013 09:33 EDT

Rachel Parent, the 14-year-old activist who recently slammed Kevin O'Leary for his position on GMOs, has scored a debate with CBC's arch-capitalist.

Parent is scheduled to appear on "The Lang And O'Leary Exchange" on July 31. She will debate O'Leary for 3 to 5 minutes on genetically modified foods (GMOs).

The appearance on the show is the result of a challenge Parent issued in a speech responding toO'Leary's statements that food giant Monsanto is a "hero" and that those opposed to GMOs are "stupid."

Parent promised O'Leary she would not to call him a "fascist" if he would pledge not to call her "stupid."

A HuffPost story on Parent's challenge to O'Leary quickly went viral and led to a deluge of comments to CBC.

Parent told HuffPost in an email that she's unsure about how O'Leary will react in a debate with a 14-year-old and that all she knows for sure is that he really seems to like Monsanto.

As for Amanda Lang, Rachel said the CBC host seems to understand "how serious the GMO issue truly is."

Parent's GMO activism recently won her acclaim from Now Magazine, which named her an "environmental hero."

The issue of GMOs, which are not subject to mandatory labels in Canada and the U.S., are a mounting source of controversy globally. The United States is the world's largest producer of GMO crops.

Many, such as O'Leary and Monsanto, contend that crops with DNA altered to make them more resistant to vermin and disease are the only way to feed an exploding global population.

That, however, hasn't stopped Europe, New Zealand and Australia from instituting strict regulations regarding GMOs.

Are you worried about eating genetically modified foods? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

With earlier reporting.

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