The Power of One Box of Organic Girl Scout Cookies in 2013

Today is January 2nd, 2013, the first day back to work in the new year. Like so many I find it hard to get back on task after the holidays. With my head still abuzz with resolutions and big hopes and dreams for this year, naturally, accounting and year-end bookkeeping will just have to wait. Instead, my attention has been focused on a letter that's been brewing in my mind for a long time. Here it is - hot off the fax machine - my letter to the senior most leaders of the Girl Scouts of the USA. The subject: The Power of One Box of Organic Girl Scout Cookies.

Date: January 2, 2013

To: Connie L. Lindsey, National President & Anna Maria Chavez, Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of the USA

Subject: The Power of One…Box of Organic Girl Scout Cookies

Greetings Respected Leaders of Girl Scouts of the USA:

I am writing as a parent of a Girl Scout whose very first meeting coincided with the day the Girl Scouts celebrated their 100 year anniversary – March 12, 2012. It was a great surprise that evening to learn of our good timing. The extra education on the history, milestones and achievements of your organization was a terrific way to start our GS journey!

Building on an inspired start, I was further delighted when my daughter’s first area of focus was “The Power of One.” The Power of One Woman, One Girl, One Person to change history.

And that is why I am writing you today - to request that you change history in 2013 and add One Box of Organic Girl Scout cookies for sale this cookie season.

Why Do I Care & Why Should You?

In addition to being mom to a relatively new Girl Scout, and I’m also President and Co-Founder of Outta the Park Eats, Inc., a company that is passionate about making products that contain truly natural ingredients with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. As an organic foods advocate, I have experienced first hand major improvements in the health and well-being of myself and my family when we converted from conventional to organic and natural foods. The old adage, “you are what you eat” is met with renewed interest today as more people scrutinize ingredient lists on the products they buy.

A few facts to consider:

1) Demand for Organics is at an all time high.
Everyday more people give more attention to how they are fueling their bodies. Today Dr. Oz and Oprah are encouraging people to add more organic food to their diets. Oprah has even taken measures to start her own organic food company. While “organic” can be confusing to many, the simplest way to think of it is “No Raid, No Round-Up and God’s double helix intact.” As people begin to move away from foods laden with pesticides, herbicides and other synthetic chemicals, they learn that the best way to avoid these is to choose more organic foods and ingredients.

2) Organic choices have the added benefit of being non-GMO (not genetically modified.)
As you may know, more than 4 million California citizens voted in the recent election to label foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. While this is a right for citizens in China, Russia and 60 other countries, it is not a right for citizens in the USA at present. There are concerns with genetically modified foods ranging from religious to health concerns due to the absence of long term safety studies. If Proposition 37 had passed in the State of California, Girl Scouts of the USA would have had to change the verbiage on its cookie boxes sold in that state to disclose “contains Genetically Modified ingredients.” Why? Because most of the corn, soy, canola (80-90%) in the USA is grown from genetically modified seeds. So soy lethicin, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated soy bean oils, etc. would most likely be GMO and thus require labeling.

3) One Box of Organic Girl Scout Cookies can Change the World.
The Amercian Academy of Pediatrics recently published a statement of concern about childhood exposures to pesticides. “Epidemiologic evidence demonstrates associations between early life exposure to pesticides and pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems.” Some strains of GMO corn are engineered to produce up to 3 different pesticides in every cell in every kernel of corn. Organic farming is better for people and the planet as harsh chemical pesticides, herbicides and genetically modified seeds cannot be used in organics.

As much as I would love to see 100% of cookies offered by my Girl Scout being organic, as a business owner I understand the myriad supply chain challenges that would entail. Thus, my request is that you add Just One Box of Organic Girl Scout Cookies this year. The Power of this One change by the current leadership at Girl Scouts of America will be timely and will have a lasting effect that will be appreciated by many for a long time to come.

Thank you for your consideration, Connie and Anna Maria. If you have any comments to share regarding existing plans for organic options this year or in the future, I’d be very interested in hearing back from you.

Kind regards,

Beth Granai, President
Outta the Park Eats, Inc.

That's the end of my letter. The Girl Scouts have some big things in the works for 2013 - check out this preview of their Centennial Silver Dollar to be released in February this year. Maybe, just maybe a landmark 1st ever box of organic GS cookies will hit the streets soon thereafter!

petition for non-GMO cookies

Organic Girl Scout Cookies

My daughter has just become a Girl Scout. Our troop is interested in supporting this movement towards one box of organic cookies in the Girl Scout Cookie line up.
Please let me know how I can become involved and help make this happen!
Xander W.

Thank you for posting!

Hi Xander! Nice to connect with another GS parent who supports adding one box of GS cookies to the mix. Wouldn't it be great to see this happen in 2014!

I know there is a Facebook page that was created to drive support for an organic Girl Scout cookie offering but the page was not current or active the last time I checked. I emailed the page owner, and she is still very much supportive of the cause but has other priorities at this time. Maybe someone with time and a fresh and renewed interest can take over and use the existing page to grow support for the cause. That's just one thought!