Two Girl Scouts found a little more than they bargained for when researching a project on orangutans. Aiming to earn their Girl Scout Bronze Awards, the Michigan teens found that one of the causes for damages endangering orangutan habitats was harvesting one ingredient prevalent in Girl Scout cookies: palm oil.
The two girls became even more engaged in their cause and discouraged friends and family from purchasing the cookies because all 16 varieties contain palm oil. The Girl Scouts organization have claimed that no substitute will maintain taste and shelf life standards. Soon the girls turned to activist organizations like the Rainforest Action Network to take up the cause as well.
How do you feel about palm oil and its prevalence in Girl Scout cookies?
• Read more: Cookie Crumbles for Girl Scouts, as Teens Launch Palm-Oil Crusade at The Wall Street Journal
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