Friday, February 18, 2011

Are Girl Scout cookies killing orangutans? (Palm oil and deforestation)

Are Girl Scout cookies killing orangutans? | Grist:

When Madison and Rhiannon found out that Girl Scout cookies were destroying the forest homes of endangered wildlife like orangutans, pygmy elephants, and Sumatran tigers -- and displacing indigenous people -- they sprung into action. First, they stopped selling the cookies, and then launched an effort to encourage the Girl Scouts to switch to more environmentally friendly (and healthier) alternatives like canola oil. The Girl Scouts USA and their CEO Kathy Clonginer, however, have refused to act despite efforts by Girl Scouts across the country and the encouragement of organizations like the Union of Concerned Scientists and Center for Biological Diversity.
Well, the Caramel Delites and Lemonades are already paid for, so, I'm eating them. Now. With my coffee. Sorry, orangutans, I didn't know.
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