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Science moms: Girl Scouts ‘cave’ to anti-science protests by introducing non-GMO cookie

| | January 24, 2017
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The campaign to pressure the GSUSA into dropping ingredients sourced from plants engineered with modern molecular techniques, better known by the nebulous term “GMO,” ignited controversy in 2013 when a California mom launched the Facebook page advising scout parents to boycott the annual sales drive. Her goal? Persuading the organization to go GMO-free.

All of the organization’s cookies contained one or more ingredients derived from GMO crops … But that has changed with the 2017 Girl Scout cookie season … The Girl Scouts caved to demands and released the first “non-GMO” Girl Scout treat: the new S’mores sandwich cookie, from Little Brownie Bakers is “made with ingredients that are verified as not containing genetically modified organisms” according to the GSUSA site.

A group of moms who started a grassroots pro-GMO parenting movement, known by hashtag #Moms4GMOs (and #Dads4GMOs), and who feature prominently in the upcoming Science Moms short documentary … is calling foul. “Non-GMO labels encourage and perpetuate fears about biotechnology,” explains plant geneticist Dr. Anastasia Bodnar. “I would hope that Girl Scouts are learning about science and technology, not learning to fear it.”

Anti-GMO sentiment contributes to consumer fear and rejection, which influences policy makers and leads to the overly stringent regulations keeping real solutions from farmers’ fields.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: These Moms Say The Girl Scouts’ Newest Cookie Rejects Science, Conflict With Its STEM Advocacy

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