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Girl Scout Cookies

Cookies sold by Girl Scouts of the USA as a fundraiser for their local scout units

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But they're so so so tasty.

  • Mar 3, 2010
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I will always take the opportunity to rain on the conventional wisdome parade.  There are some things you may wish to consider before supporting this form of fund raising.

On first order is this news item about a current recall of cookie products: http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/02/26/girl.scout.cookies.odor/?hpt=C2

Note that the company suggests:  "The company says that the odor is a result of oils improperly breaking down in the cookies that "are not up to our quality standards.""

I'll add some clarification:  oil breaking down is called rancid spoiled food.  It was obviously up to their quality standards because it passed their quality inspection and was shipped out.  Another point of order is when you read the phrase "voluntary recall," you should know that all recalls of any product in America are voluntary as the government (FDA, NTSB etc...) has no authority to force a company to recall product, even if it is killing people.  They (the government) can only levy fines for non compliance of regulations and also hold the unique status of legally being able to ignore their own regulations (feeling safe now?.) 

So... the cookie makers send out rancid product, and after a cost-benefits analysis decide the hit to production will be less than the bad press.   It is refreshing that they advise there is nothing really wrong with the cookies and actually suggest we eat their spoiled product.  It is true, most spoiled products isn't dangerous to us, we eat yogurt and cheese every day... but suggesting we eat food that is not intentionally fermented speaks to the worst of American corporatism.  I have the image of a sheepish housewife holding her nose and biting down on a rotten cookie, all because the company gave her the green light.

Enough about the tasty cookie manufacturers and their rancid confections.   Let's move to the topic of how these cookies are sold and marketed...by children.  The cookies are manufactured by one company whose sole product is these cookies and whose sole sellers are the Girl Scouts.  Little girls slog them in carts acting as miniture door to door salesmen to the benefit of their cause, but primarily to the benefit of the cookie company.  This company doesn't have to spend a dime on marketing or laborforce, that is all taken care of by the lazy media and the Girl Scout organisation itself.  The girls scout laborers get 25 cents on every box.  By that I mean: their organisation gets 25 cents. The kids get paid nothing (albiet a few prizes for most boxes sold.)   The cookie company nets the rest. 

I would not begrudge these kids their desire to raise money for their organisation.  They are a fine bunch of kids and deserve only the best.   What they don't deserve is being used by a cookie company to skirt all labor laws including the principle child labor laws.   These kids get no direct compensation,  no breaks, no insurance, no workplace protections, no pension, none of the things we require of all employers.   Oh and did I mention... they were kids?  This is exploitation couched in tradition. 

How do the cookies taste now?
But they're so so so tasty.

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Quick Tip by . March 20, 2010
How I wish that I didn't have such love for these little cookies. My absolute fave is the flavorful Thin Mint.
Quick Tip by . March 15, 2010
I made a group of Girl Scouts very happy this weekend. Bought two big boxes! :D
Quick Tip by . September 08, 2009
Mmmmm, Girl Scout cookies are my guilty pleasure. Especially love those thin mints and Samoas. Can't wait for GSC season to come around!
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Girl Scout cookies are any of several varieties of cookies sold by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) as a fundraiser for their local scout units. Members of the GSUSA have been selling cookies since 1917 to raise funds. Top-selling girls can earn prizes for their efforts. There are also unit incentives if the unit as a whole does well. In 2005, over 200 million boxes were sold.
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