Ronald sighs relief as spotlight shifts to Girl Scout cookies …

Punch line: Orangutans and Thin Mints don’t mix

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Girl Scouts have been selling cookies since 1917.

Last year, troops sold 198 million boxes of cookies. 

That’s  $714 million worth of cookies, most of which goes to the nonprofit councils under which troops are organized.

But now the “franchise” is under pressure.

Scouts and leaders have criticized their nonprofit organization … and some do not want to sell cookies next year.


Until 2006, the cookies contained partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, but the scouts switched to palm oil so the cookies would be free of trans fat.

Today, all 16 varieties of GS cookies contain palm oil.

Some rain forests have been cleared for palm oil plantations.

Some endangered orangutans live in rain forests.

There’s the rub.

The Girl Scouts organization says its bakers have told them there isn’t a good alternative to palm oil that would ensure the same taste, texture and shelf life.

The choice: save orangutans or save Thin Mints, Trefoils and Samoas?

Source: WSJ

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