06 May '11, 12am
Girl Scouts censor Facebook criticism of palm oil in cookies:
On a personal note, when I launched this effort with two Girl Scouts, Madison Vorva and Rhiannon Tomtishen , along with Rainforest Action Network and the Union of Concerned Scientists, we never imagined this was how it would turn out. We hoped that the Girl Scouts leadership would use the power brought to them by $700 million in annual cookie sales as an opportunity to promote conservation, one of the Scouts’ core missions and activities. There are big opportunities for them to really contribute to a solution to deforestation: Cargill , which supplies the palm oil that goes into the cookies, transports about a quarter of the world’s palm oil; if it agrees to use only certified sustainable palm oil, that would have an enormous impact on the ground in Indonesia and Malaysia, taking significant pressure off the forests and helping improve labor standards.