We are a daughter & mother (Girl Guide & Girl Guide Leader) who are asking Girl Guides of Canada to take Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) ingredients out of Girl Guide cookies.
Our family tries to only buy food that is non-GMO or organic. The reason we're so concerned is because there have been no long-term studies showing that it is safe for people to eat or grow GMO foods. In fact, GMO studies on animals have shown infertility, immune system problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine actually asks physicians to advise patients not to eat foods with GMO ingredients.
Girl guides teaches girls about healthy living, respect for the environment & taking action for a better world. In fact, the Girl Guide's Motto that we both know off by heart is: "I promise to do my best, to be true to myself, my beliefs and Canada; I will take action for a better world." We are living up to this motto by campaigning for a better world.
Now, we want the Girl Guides of Canada to live up to their own motto by removing GMOs and making cookies safe and environmentally friendly.
In other places like the EU, many GMO crops are banned. Even large companies are phasing out GMO ingredients. Department store, Target, for example, has promised to remove all GMOs from its Simply Balanced line by 2014.
Girl Guide cookies are sold from October to December, and from March to June. Each Girl Guide is required to sell 24 boxes. Our family is so conflicted about this. We don't eat the cookies or buy them, we are refusing to sell cookies with unsafe GMO ingredients to our friends and family. We want to sell cookies that are healthy, safe for the earth, and that all Girl Guides can be proud of.
We think that if enough people speak out, the Girl Guides will agree to this because they've made several positive changes to their cookies in the past! For example, they've removed unhealthy trans-fats, and now use boxes that are made of 100% recycled paper. Recently, the Girl Scouts of America (part of the same international scouting organization as the Girl Guides) committed to switching over to sustainable palm oil after two scouts started a Change.org petition asking them to make cookies without palm oil - not a total victory, but definitely a step in the right direction!
Please support our petition! Together we can get the GMOs out of Girl Guide Cookies!
Tell your friends to sign at www.change.org/gmogirlguidecookies
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