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According to Global News, the U.S. agrichemical lobby has targeted 14 year old Rachel Parent, a Canadian teenager as part of its “increasingly nasty and divisive public relations war over GMOs.

Rachel Parent was 14 years old when her activism around labeling genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food caught the eye of pro-GMO corporations and lobby groups.

According to emails and thousands of other pages of documents released in a freedom of information request by U.S. Right to Know (USRTK), a non-profit advocacy group funded by the Organic Consumers Association, these industry forces conspired to think of ways to discredit Parent and counter her message.

“It’s mostly scientists that they attack, but Rachel is a standout,” Gary Ruskin, the co-director of USRTK, told Global News. “The agrichemical industry is plainly quite threatened by this teenage schoolgirl, so that’s why they’re after her.”

Among other things, Global News reports that University of Florida professor Kevin Folta—whom Ruskin describes as “one of the principal attack dogs of the agrichemical industry”—was hired by Monsanto’s public relations firm Ketchum,  to make a video about Parent. Folta has been the recipient of tens of thousands of Monsanto dollars, according to Global News.

Folta is supposed to be an unbiased scientist, but he is not apparently not aware of the growing body of independent research showing likely human health problems linked with GMOs, such as scientist-who-discovered-gmos-cause-tumors-in-rats-wins-landmark-defamation-lawsuit-in-paris–Health Nut News. Nor is the professor aware of studies from the GMO corporations that have been leaked showing health risks, such as the following, Busted: Biotech Leader ‘Syngenta’ Charged Over Covering Up Animal Deaths from GM Corn Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/syngenta-charged-over-covering-up-animal-deaths-gm-corn/#ixzz3wIzkCCEj Follow us: @naturalsociety on Twitter | NaturalSociety on Facebook–Natural Society. There are numerous other studies linking GMOs to health problems that have been reported on all over the Internet, but apparently Professor Folta can’t Google very well. In my mind, that makes him a junk science professor.

According to Global News:

The video discussed Parent’s activism, her belief that all GMO food products should be labeled and addressed her apparent lack of scientific knowledge.

“So when I think about answering Rachel Parent, who’s the activist child—well, young woman—who’s running the website ‘Kids Right to Know’ … The things I just adore about Rachel is that she’s clearly very articulate, clearly intelligent,” Folta said in the video.

“The problem that I have is when Rachel starts to let non-scientific thinking really kind of cloud her final decision-making process.”

Parent said she finds the tone of the video “almost degrading.”

A poll commissioned by a coalition of consumer and environmental groups showed earlier this month that nearly 90 percent of Americans want mandatory labeling on GMO foods.

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