15 May '11, 3pm

What Happens When Two Girl Scouts Take On The Dirty Palm Oil Industry

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Environment and Climate Resource page , Fair Trade and Social Justice page , and our Politics and Democracy page . Palm oil is what companies often use to replace more unhealthy oils like canola. But harvesting palm oil can get nasty--companies plow through wilderness to get at the oil, displacing endangered wildlife including pygmy elephants, orangutans and Sumatran tigers along the way. In the past, companies that buy palm oil have turned a blind eye to the practices of the industry. This includes the Girl Scouts. The non-profit's famous cookies are made with the stuff, much to the chagrin of two hard-charging Scouts, Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva. They've been working for years to change the organization's ways, but just recently, the battle heated up. Tomtishen and Vorva, both 15, have spent the past ...

Full article: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_23209.cfm

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