Ok, ok, so we aren’t seriously suggesting that carrots would be as pleasing a treat or as prosperous a fundraiser as the scrumptious Thin Mints and Samosas we all love, but we are calling on the Girl Scouts to bake-up a Non–GMO cookie.
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.
Would you buy organic baby carrots in honor of the Girl Scouts? Or homemade cookies with non-GMO sugar?
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!)
Join us on facebook in asking the Girl Scouts for some non-GMO cookies! And stay tuned for some GMO Insider recipes to make your own non-GMO Girl Scout cookie variations.