Age really is only a number when you know your stuff. Young anti-GMO (genetically modified organisms) activist Rachel Parent proved that when she gave a stellar interview performance on The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s show The Lang & O’Leary Exchange.
Parent founded The Kids Right To Know organization, which calls for mandatory labeling of foods containing GMOs. After the news host Kevin O’Leary called GMO protesters “just stupid” and suggested that they “stop eating,” the bold 14-year-old challenged the journalist to a debate on the issue. When Parent got her wish earlier this month, her appearance displayed a level of knowledge and media prowess far beyond her years.
Despite O’Leary’s challenging and at times condescending tone, Parent was unflappable throughout the 13-minute interview. It was immediately clear that the savvy Parent had done her homework and received strong media training. The activist stayed composed and her delivery was smooth.
Parent’s laser-like focus continually brought the argument back to her core messages, driving home her organization’s request for GMO food labeling and further, unbiased research.
At a mere 14 years of age, Parent delivered an interview that warrants envy from more seasoned adults. She overcame an aggressive interviewer, powerfully conveyed her messages, and probably even brought some viewers over to her point of view through incredible delivery. Well done!