Posts Tagged with "Girl Scout cookies"

The Human Cost Of Palm Oil Expansion

Thursday, November 10, 2011

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The Human Cost Of Palm Oil Expansion

“Before we had a happy life,” Ms. Gaong said she tells her grandchildren. “Now it’s a difficult life. There’s nothing left for them.” The recent story in the New York Times titled “Clashes Between Tribes and Agribusiness Increase in Malaysia” tells an all-too common story. It’s not a happy story. It’s the story of farming [...]

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Join the Race to Save Rainforests And Orangutans: Earn a Renegade Merit Badge!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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Join the Race to Save Rainforests And Orangutans: Earn a Renegade Merit Badge!

This post is by Girl Scouts Madison Vorva (age 16) and Rhiannon Tomtishen (age 15), who have been campaigning to get palm oil out of Girl Scout Cookies for the past few years. Five years ago, while doing research for our Girl Scout Bronze Award, we learned that the cultivation of palm oil and palm [...]

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Cargill’s Record Profits Come at the Expense of Record Deforestation

Thursday, August 18, 2011

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Cargill’s Record Profits Come at the Expense of Record Deforestation

Cargill just reported record profits of $4.2 billion dollars for its 2010 fiscal year, a 63% increase over the previous year. As the world’s biggest agricultural trader — and the largest importer of rainforest-destroying palm oil into the US — it’s easy to see how the company achieved such huge numbers. From Girl Scout cookies [...]

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What is Sustainable Palm Oil? Part Three

Friday, August 5, 2011

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What is Sustainable Palm Oil? Part Three

This is the third and final installment in a series of posts that endeavors to answer a simple question: What is sustainable palm oil? The answer, of course, is anything but simple. The first blog post in this series explored the weaknesses of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the dominant certification standard for [...]

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Girl Scout Activists Take America By Storm With Monumental Media Sweep

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

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Girl Scout Activists Take America By Storm With Monumental Media Sweep

I had the good fortune of joining rock star Girl Scout activists, Madison Vorva and Rhiannon Tomtishen, on a whirlwind media tour in New York City that brought their compelling message of rainforest conservation to millions of viewers and readers across the country and beyond — with national TV appearances on ABC, CBS and Fox [...]

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Girl Scouts, Time to Get Behind the Camera!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

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Girl Scouts, Time to Get Behind the Camera!

Calling all Girl Scouts, Girl Scout families, troop leaders and Girl Scout cookie eaters! Do you agree that Girl Scouts should not have to choose between supporting their troops by selling Girl Scout cookies and contributing to deforestation and orangutan extinction? Here’s a message from Girl Scouts Madison Vorva and Rhiannon Tomtishen… Given that a [...]

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Girl Scouts USA Censors Scouts on Rainforest Destruction

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

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Girl Scouts USA Censors Scouts on Rainforest Destruction

Girl Scouts USA’s mission is to empower girls to be leaders “who make the world a better place.” But today, in a shocking violation of its own mission statement, the organization made the decision to censor the comments of scores of its young leaders rather than listen to their concerns about the use of rainforest-destroying [...]

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Will Girl Scouts USA Make the Right Choice?

Monday, May 2, 2011

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Will Girl Scouts USA Make the Right Choice?

Will Girl Scouts USA CEO Kathy Cloninger make the right choice for future generations of Girl Scouts or not? Last week a reporter from Madi & Rhiannon’s hometown published a powerful piece in their local paper: “Child Labor, orangutans and Thin Mints: Two renegade Girl Scouts raise questions about palm oil used in popular cookies.” [...]

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Michelle Obama: Girl Scouts USA Needs a Palm Oil Intervention

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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Michelle Obama: Girl Scouts USA Needs a Palm Oil Intervention

Today we launched a public petition asking Michelle Obama to use her influence as Honorary National President of Girl Scouts USA to make Girl Scout cookies rainforest friendly by next cookie season. For Earth Day 2010, Michelle Obama told a group of children who spent the day at the White house that the Obama household [...]

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The Great RSPO Membership Myth: Why Buying from RSPO Members Is Meaningless

Monday, March 21, 2011

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The Great RSPO Membership Myth: Why Buying from RSPO Members Is Meaningless

“Companies buying palm oil need to be aware that the only way to ensure sustainable sourcing is to buy certified sustainable palm oil from companies that have been assessed against the RSPO standards. Buying from RSPO members is not enough.” – WWF, August 2010 Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) has actively resisted getting rainforest-destroying palm oil [...]

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