It’s that time of year again — friends, family and co-workers pushing Girl Scout cookies, those little, barely-average morsels of palm oil and fat that I don’t think anybody ever liked.
Nowadays, I just avoid certain supermarket entrances to keep from having to have sweet, well-intentioned girl scouts ask me if I want buy their shitty cookies. Rather than give them a whole spiel on what “Mass Balance” RSPO palm oil means, that they won’t necessarily understand anyway (without them thinking I’m some old cranky crackpot), and how it’s killing orangutans, among other serious environmental crimes, I just avoid them all together. Better not to crush young, idealistic minds just yet. That’s what religion and adulthood is for.
At any rate, Little Brownie Bakers, who bakes the Girl Scout Cookies, use “Mass Balance” palm oil. Here’s the absurdly obvious and simplistic infographic from the RSPO website.
That’s literally mixing shitty, bad palm oil with less, shitty, less bad palm oil.
Enough said. Boycott them — and if you have the sort of disposition to politely educate the young scouts, please do.