Girl Scouts: Thin Mints Killing Orangutans' Home
Duo protests cookies' palm oil recipe
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2011 4:04 AM CDT
An aerial view of palm oil plantations in Merang , Sumatra.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – America's cookie buyers shouldn't have to choose between buying Girl Scout cookies and saving orangutans, say a pair of Michigan girl scouts leading calls for the organization to change its recipe. Seventh graders Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva, who have rallied Girl Scout troops across the country and set up a Web page, want the Scouts to either stop using palm oil or obtain it exclusively from sustainable sources, reports the Wall Street Journal. Palm oil production has caused the widespread destruction of orangutan habitats in Indonesia and Malaysia.

The Scouts—who sold 198 million boxes of cookies last year—say they can't produce a sturdy enough cookie without palm oil, and there's just not enough sustainably grown palm oil to go around. The Scouts scrubbed their Facebook page free of critical comments after a recent social media "Day of Action" from frustrated scouts and cookie buyers seeking change, the Huffington Post notes. For now, all 16 varieties of Girl Scout cookies contain palm oil. Click for more.

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Orangutan
May 11, 2014 2:39 AM CDT
http://orangutans.beep.com/ The official founder was R.M. Muhammad Subuh Sumohadiwidjujo (1901-1987), known after the World War II. as Pak Subuh from Indonesia. At the beginning the sect existed only in Java, but in the 50’s – 60’s it extended word wide, taking out influential people to be their supporter directly or by implication. However the real intellectual leading and ideology bases came from a totally different direction. Doctrines, worded by the well- known Russian dancer Gurdjieff, has been translated to the sect in the 40’s – 50’s by John G. Bennett, who was the disciple of Gurdjieff with a very interesting intelligence past and can be correlate with more organizations. Since the tsarist period ends Gurdjieff itself has been getting in a vague touch with Russians. Subud established a consistent network of enterprises around the word and in that countries, which are important for them. That includes foundations, banks, huge agricultural territories, mines, powerhouses and a wide range of processing trades. The one of the oldest organization has been built in Borneo, Indonesia, influencing the whole local region financial life. Subud could create an empire, consist of free labor forces and industries network, by a microcredit system for the pour and backward Dajak folk lived in the island. Dajak families meant a cheap and governable labor, because their children can work with them in the Subud’s mines and plantation. One plantation of oil palm tree needs 8 years to become productive, therefore it is important to hold the costs low. On that score Subud employs a mass of children.
i2ollingstone
May 20, 2011 3:32 PM CDT
Ok everyone hold their horses. Palm oil was one of those oils that was demonized along with coconut oil. They burn at lower temperatures and are most definitely not to deep fry with. Palm and coconut oil are expensive, but valuable to our bodies by providing essential fats. What will they replace the palm oil with? Partially hydrogenated GMO cottonseed oil doused in roundup? Before you start hating on the current recipe, consider the garbage they'll give you instead.
Spudsy
May 20, 2011 11:03 AM CDT
"say they can't produce a sturdy enough cookie without palm oil, and there's just not enough sustainably grown palm oil to go around." --- You know, the world really wouldn't miss the cookies that much. They do make other flavors. Cookies over Orangutans. These two kids should run the whole organization because the "adults" in charge seem to be greedy idiots.