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The Girl Scouts Work Towards Greener Cookies:

The Girl Scouts Work Towards Greener Cookies:

The Girl Scouts of the USA are working on a new merit badge: sustainability. The Girl Scouts’ use of palm oil in the cookies they sell annually has become a topic of debate recently, with experts advising that the oil commonly used in these cookies and many other processed foods can be harmful to the environment because sourcing it causes deforestation. Every one of the sixteen varieties of Girl Scout cookies available contain palm oil, but official Girl Scout cookie bakeries ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers have made a commitment to sustainability, Amanda Hamaker, manager of national products, said. According to Time Magazine , awareness around the use of palm oil in the iconic cookies came from none other than a couple of Girl Scouts. While researching Jane Goodall’s work with primates, Madison Vorva and Rhiannon Tomtishen discovered that the use of palm oil can cont...

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