Girl Guide launches petition for GMO-free cookies
A mother and daughter in British Columbia have started a petition to change the makeup of Girl Guide Cookies.
They want genetically modified organisms taken out of them.
Linda Cirella and her daughter Maya started the petition on the website Change.org, and so far, it's received more than 15,000 signatures.
Cirella tells CJAD's Barry Morgan that GMOs, which are very common in store-bought foods, are unhealthy, even though there are studies to suggest there are no health risks.
But she says, there are no studies out there to suggest that long-term consumption of GMOs is safe.
"These studies are too short to detect those slowly-progressing diseases like cancer," Cirella says, "so they don't know if these are safe to eat over the long term."
She adds the Girl Guides exist to promote respect, healthy living and respect for the environment, and taking GMOs out of its cookies would be consistent with that mission.
Girl Guide cookies have been a staple of the organization in Canada since 1927.