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Five years ago, Madi and Rhiannon were completing research for their Girl Scout Bronze Awards when they discovered a cold hard fact about the much-sought-after commodity they'd been selling each year: Girl Scout cookies -- including all but one of the 17 different brands -- are packed with palm oil, an ingredient that causes clearcutting of irreplaceable rainforests and threatens the survival of humankind's closest relative, orangutans. The two sixth graders were shocked.
They wrote to Girl Scouts USA about their concerns, but got nowhere. They've taken their campaign public and enlisted the help of the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Center for Biological Diversity, Cultural Survival, Orangutan Foundation International, and RAN, but top brass at Girl Scouts USA remain unmoved.
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