Health Impact News Editor Comments: A look at the ingredient list of these Girl Scout Cookies should horrify anybody! Not only are most of these ingredients from predominantly GMO crops, the second ingredient listed is “hydrogenated cottonseed and soybean” oil. These are dangerous trans-fats, from possibly the two most dangerous seed oils in the U.S. today. Cottonseeds are sprayed with pesticides more than any other crop, and the oil from the seeds is simply a cheap by-product of the cotton (non-edible) industry. The U.S. soybean crop is also heavily sprayed with pesticides, and is over 90% genetically modified. Help educate the younger generation by explaining to them the danger of the ingredients of these popular cookies, and find other ways to support them!
According to the Girl Scout’s website, their cookies contain conventional ingredients, such as sugar, which are commonly genetically engineered. (In fact, 95% of the sugar beet crop in the US is genetically engineered, then turned into sugar.) The Girl Scouts state, “For the time being, we feel confident in the safety of all the ingredients in Girl Scout Cookies, including GMO ingredients.”
You could argue that any cookie worth it’s salt would have to contain some sugar, but that sugar need not be GMO to be tasty. Certainly not.
GMOs have never been proven safe for consumption, and a growing body of studies is raising concerns around the health effects of eating them. GMOs also result in the increasing use of toxic herbicides and are harming farmers in the US and abroad.
Until the Girl Scouts can devise a non-GMO recipe, we’re calling on all Girl Scout cookie lovers to support the Girl Scouts in other ways.
Until there are non-GMO choices, you can still support the Scouts without contributing to the demand for GMO ingredients:
- Order or renew your magazine subscriptions through the Girl Scouts
- Offer a donation in place of your cookie order
If you are a Girl Scout or a troop leader concerned about GMOs you can raise funds in other ways. Some great ideas are provided on the Girls Scout’s own site. (and some of them are quite eco-friendly!)
And stay tuned for some GMO Insider recipes to make your own non-GMO Girl Scout cookie variations.
Read the full article here: http://gmoinside.org/dear-girl-scouts-we-want-non-gmo-cookies-please-until-then-carrots/
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