As you may already know, I've been on a mission to meet Canada's Health Minister, Rona Ambrose in person to discuss the important and urgent issue of GMO labeling. To date, I've sent her three letters via courier, and received absolutely no response. Below is the third letter that I sent her:
August 25, 2014
The Honourable Rona Ambrose
House of Commons Ottawa
Ontario, Canada K1A 0A6
Re: Food Safety
Dear Minister Ambrose;
My Name is Rachel Parent. I'm 15 years old, and the founder of Kids Right to Know. My organisation was created to raise awareness about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), and the risks they pose to our Health and the Environment.
To date, there are NO peer-reviewed scientific papers that establish the safety of GMO crops.
There are, however, both clinical and peer-reviewed scientific papers that show the risks of GMO crops.
As I'm sure you are aware, the Government of Canada does NO independent studies on the long-term effects of GMO crops, and makes its Safety Assessment based only on the studies provided by the Biotech Companies that stand to benefit by their approval. I'm concerned that these crops are increasingly making their way into our Food Supply without proper or adequate testing, and without considering their long-term effects.
Since their introduction in the early 90's, GMOs have been hidden from the public. They've slowly crept into our Food Supply, and are now in 75% of our processed foods. Unfortunately, no one is aware of it because manufacturers are not required to label them.
As a young person, I hope that you, as the Minister of Health, will consider our future. I hope that you will act responsibly when making decisions about the foods we eat. I also hope that you believe in Full Transparency, and Freedom of Choice.
If, as many scientific studies indicate, GMOs are impacting our health, our government needs to conduct its own long-term studies to determine if they are safe. Until proven safe, the introduction of new GMO crops should be halted, and mandatory GMO labeling should be instituted.
This is my third request for a meeting with you, to discuss this urgent issue. We can no longer afford to ignore the potential health risks caused by GMOs, and the increased burden they can place on our health care system.
I look forward to your response, and to meeting with you soon. The youth are counting on you, as our future is in your hands!
Rachel Parent, Founder
KIDS RIGHT TO KNOW
Not only are my letters being ignored, so is the input Ms. Ambrose received from Canadian citizens.
In early January 2014, our Minister of Health asked Canadians for their input in developing new labels that would provide consumers with the information they wanted. As a result, the Health Canada Report by Rona Ambrose, published in June 2014, consumers specifically suggested "Labeling genetically engineered or genetically modified ingredients in food products."
Unfortunately, in the latest Report from Health Canada dated July 2014, absolutely nothing was mentioned about labeling GMOs.
Due to the lack of any response from Ms. Ambrose and Health Canada's having completely ignored citizen input about GMOs, we citizens need to take it to the next level. Please join me in raising our voices to demand Rona Ambrose meet with me to discuss this critical topic!
3 Ways to Take Action:
1. Voice your opinion about our government's proposed food labeling BEFORE September 11, 2014 in this online survey: http://surveys-sondages.hc-sc.gc.ca/s/labelling-etiquetage2/?l=en
2. Sign my online petition to meet Rona Ambrose: http://www.change.org/gmolabeling.com
3. Directly contact the office of Rona Ambrose by...
• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Twitter: @MinRonaAmbrose
• Posting a comment on her Facebook page: http://facebook.com/ronaambrose
• Phone: (613) 996-9778
A picture taken on October 9, 2008 shows an ultralight helicopter hovering above a field where Greenpeace activists and Austrian organic farming association BIO AUSTRIA wrote the message 'NO GMO' (Genetically Modified Organism) by planting light green coloured organic buckwheat in a field of organic peas in Breitenfurt, some 60 kms south east from Vienna. (DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)
Thirty-five tons of corn put by Greenpace activists at Mexico City's Zocalo Square as a protest against the sowing of transgenic corn, form a map of Mexico on February 26, 2009. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk on a plateform past an advert against genetically modified (GMO) food on February 15, 2011 at a subway station in Paris. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
Greenpeace activists demonstrate against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on November 24, 2008 in front of EU headquarters in Brussels. Greenpeace called on the European Union to suspend the authorization of GMOs until the EU is capable of evaluating the risks they pose. (DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
Greenpeace activists stand a protest in front of Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City against the farming of transgenic corn in Mexico, on June 26, 2009. (ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
A Greenpeace activist impersonating Brazil's Chief of Staff Dilma Russeff takes part in a protest against the authorization to grow transgenic rice during a meeting of the National Biosecurity Technical Commission (CYNBIO) at the Science and Technology Ministry in Brasilia October 15, 2009. (JOEDSON ALVES/AFP/Getty Images)
Greenpeace activists distribute samples of transgenic rice as part of a protest against the authorization to grow transgenic rice during a meeting of the National Biosecurity Technical Commission (CYNBIO) at the Science and Technology Ministry in Brasilia October 15, 2009. (JOEDSON ALVES/AFP/Getty Images)
The logo of French 'Les faucheurs volontaires' (Volunteer trimmers of GMO) is seen as demonstrators stand in front of the booth of French union 'la confederation paysanne' (farmers union) during an action against GMO at the International Agricultural Fair on March 6, 2010 in Paris. The European Commission authorised, on March 2, the cultivation of a genetically modified potato, developed by BASF, the first such green light for 12 years. The issue of so-called 'frankenfoods' has long been a matter of fierce debate in Europe and the commission stressed that the Amflora potato in question would be able to be grown only for 'industrial use' including animal feed, rather than for human consumption. (BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A couple waves after a parody of union between German chemical giant BASF (L) and the European Food Safety Authority (R) - Autorite europeenne de securite des aliments- (EFSA) during the International Agricultural Fair on March 6, 2010 in Paris. (BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A giant banner depicting a farm, is seen as Greenpeace activists hold banners to protest against the genetically modified (GMO) food production in front of the parliament building of Budapest on February 10, 2010. (ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)
A grey-cow is pictured near Greenpeace activists in traditional Hungarian costume standing in front of a giant banner depicting a farm as others hold a banner reading 'GMO-free Europe' to protest against the genetically modified (GMO) food production in front of the parliament building of Budapest on February 10, 2011 during a demonstration. (ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)
Greenpeace activists hold a banner to protest against the genetically modified (GMO) food production in front of the parliament building of Budapest on February 10, 2010. (ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)
A man dressed up as a bee holds a placard during a demonstration organized by French Professional Beekeepers Federation (FFAP) to protest against the use of pesticide on September 14, 2011 along the Saint-Bernard quay in Paris. (JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)
Anti-Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) demonstrators protest in front of Colmar courthouse on September 28, 2011, eastern France, during the trial of 60 militants accused of destroying MGO plants. (FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
An anti-GMO activist holds a banner reading 'Science without conscience is but the ruin of soul' during an action to call for the ban of the 'MON 810', a variety of genetically modified maize (corn) developed by Monsanto Company on January 23, 2012 at a Monsanto storehouse in Trebes near Carcassonne, southern France. (ERIC CABANIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Prop 37 in California proposes that genetically modified food be labeled "GMO". If you knew your food was genetically modified, would you still eat it?
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