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Environmentalism vs. health throwdown: two Girl Scouts launch petition against cookies made with palm oil

Girl Scout cookies: delicious but potentially habitat-destroying (Image: Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar)

This story has all the right ingredients for a made-for-TV movie: multinational food producers, the war on trans fats, a dash of environmentalism and two young heroines caught in the middle of it all. Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva, two Grade 10 Girl Scouts from Ann Arbor, Michigan, have launched a petition to the Girl Scouts of the USA to stop using palm oil in their signature cookies—and not because it’s high in saturated fat.

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Introducing: Prairie Girl Bakery, the financial district’s new cupcake emporium

Prairie Girl Bakery owners Andrew Auerbach and Jean Blacklock (Image: Gizelle Lau)

The March issue of our print edition featured a story that profiled five Bay Street escapees who left six-figure jobs to start their own businesses. Last week, another successful escapee got added to the list: Jean Blacklock, owner of Prairie Girl Bakery, a new financial-district cupcake shop.

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Taxing chocolate, banning bottled water, reinstating trans fats

Delicious, but taxable? (Photo Renée Suen)

Delicious? Yes. Taxable? Maybe. (Photo Renée Suen)

• Researchers at Brock University looked at the age of candy bars in eight major retail stores, and the findings weren’t good: the average bar was 140 days old. [Financial Post]

• One British GP is determined to dispel the notion that chocolate is healthful; he proposes that it be taxed like alcohol and cigarettes (no matter how old it is). [BBC]

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