Get Palm Oil Out of Our Thin Mints: Girl Scout Cookie Campaign Update Get Palm Oil Out of Our Thin Mints: Girl Scout Cookie Campaign Update
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Get Palm Oil Out of Our Thin Mints: Girl Scout Cookie Campaign Update

by Ben Jervey

May 28, 2011

Earlier this month, I wrote about Madison Vorva and Rhiannon Tomtishen, the amazing Girl Scouts who are taking on the Girl Scouts USA organization for their continued use of rainforest destroying palm oil in their beloved cookies.

Their campaign seems to be picking up steam, and earlier this week Vorva and Tomtishen were featured on CBS' The Early Show. Here's the clip:

 

Their diligence should be an inspiration to us all. While Girl Scouts USA digs in its heels and stubbornly refuses to even contemplate an alternative, the granddaughter of the inventor of the adored cookies thinks the organization is just wrong. On Huffington Post, Josephine Carothers writes that her grandmother would be ashamed of the organization today:

She would oppose the use of palm oil in Girl Scout cookies -- a degradation of the product, by the way, as they originally called for butter -- because the cultivation and export of palm oil is destroying rainforests in Southeast Asia and the lives of girls in those countries. She would abhor the fact that girls "overseas," as she would have put it, are made to suffer in poverty to benefit their American counterparts.

Nearly 60,000 people have signed their petition on Change.org. I'd encourage you to do the same.

Ben Jervey More Info

Ben is a writer and editor covering climate change, energy, and environment, and is currently the Climate and Energy Media Fellow at Vermont Law School. He was the original Environment Editor at GOOD Magazine and his work has appeared regularly in National Geographic News, Grist, DeSmogBlog, and OnEarth. He recently worked with the non-profit Focus the Nation to publish an Energy 101 primer. When living in New York City, he wrote a book, The Big Green Apple, on how to live a lower impact life in the city. A bicycle enthusiast, Ben has ridden across the United States and through much of Europe.
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