I am supportive of putting your money and time towards people and businesses you believe in, and veering away from those who don't uphold your standards. It is a big reason we love local food and choose it over big agriculture farm foods. I have even researched companies I buy stock from in the past to make sure I am investing in good companies.
For the record, I am pro-life, and before you ask what that has to do with cookies, let me explain. When I was craving girl scout cookies, a comment from a friend about the relationship between the Girl Scout Organization and Planned Parenthood caused me to research a little more about who supports this pro-abortion group (or as a commenter clarified, pro-choice) that seems to differ from my beliefs. I discovered that not only has the Girls Scout Organization supported Planned Parenthood, but so does my husband's employer, where he volunteers, my previous employer of about 6 years, our gas station, bank, even Whole Foods to name a few; all companies/organizations we support and love.
So it caused me to wonder, do you research what your purchases are indirectly supporting? Does my shopping at Whole Foods, or buying a few boxes of thin mints from some neighborhood girls make me a hypocrite? If there's a local food provider or artisan who is pro-abortion and atheist (I am also pro God), I would probably still buy food from them (so long as they aren't vehemently opposing my beliefs), but would rather support and encourage them in their efforts of creating and providing good real food. Building good relationships between people and communities seems more important to me than voicing my opinion about my standards in a confrontational way. There has to be a better way to share what you believe in. I also went as far as researching where the money for those little cookies go, and most (aside the money paid to the bakers themselves) of the profits are said to go back to the troops and area I am buying from, according to the girl scout website.
Though it doesn't necessarily justify my buying girl scout cookies if I want to "make a stand for what I believe", we will keep getting good gas for our cars, my husband will keep his job to support us, we will still volunteer and give to the organizations we love and believe in, and we will probably keep buying girls scout cookies every once in a while because we like them, despite their ties with a group that offers abortions. Even with the numerous recipes available to make tasty versions at home, like this one.
What do you think?
side note: In sharing this post I don't want to offend my friend, or anyone else not buying girl scout cookies/gas/health food/whatever it may be for similar reasons (there are endless things to boycott and protest). Truly, I was grateful for her brave comment and it caused me to make a more informed choice, which I hope to do more often than not.
I also don't want to offend anyone who supports Planned Parenthood, or any other group that supports and encourages abortion. I may not be completely supportive of abortion, but I am also not completely against it. People have a right to choose, a great benefit to life.
post update: Thank you to everyone who has commented! I am grateful for the conversation that is happening. I especially love the personal stories that are about you, real people, being directly affected in a positive way by a supposed "big bad business".
I didn't really mean to come across like I was completely against PP, I have read wonderful things about the organization and keep learning more. Also, I am not entirely anti-choice, there are situations where I think abortion is necessary. And though I don't agree with abortion in general, I do believe in good health care for everyone.
Also, a friend and I were chatting about researching companies and whether not it is actually effective to boycott every group you have something against. It's not. If you really wanted to get down to it, you could protest anything and everything. For this reason, I stopped researching companies I invested in a number of years ago (something I could have mentioned). I just wasn't willing to put in the time, and who knows what information you receive is really viable? I would rather spend my energy elsewhere, emphasizing the good than pinpoint every company that had a little bad in it. I myself am not perfect.
whole wheat peanut butter cookie sandwiches
2/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup evaporated cane sugar
1 large egg or egg replacer for 1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup oatmeal, processed a little until coarse
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chopped peanuts, optional
Cream coconut oil, pb, sugar, egg or replacer and vanilla together. Combine flour, oatmeal, baking powder and salt separately, then add slowly to the wet mixture until combined, then add the peanuts at the end. Gather and form dough into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and flatten slightly. Refrigerate overnight.
Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator and allow to soften.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Roll out cookie dough until an 1/8 inch thick, cut into circles. Bake 13 - 15 min in preheated oven. Cool on a wire rack.
I used a narrow neck jar band to cut out my cookies, so if you are making smaller cookies, reduce your cooking time, baking until golden around the edges.
peanut butter filling
adapted from sheena in the little red house
1/3 cup powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 Tablespoons coconut oil, liquid
drop or two of vanilla extract
hearty pinch of kosher salt (if peanut butter is not salted)
1 teaspoon of milk (any kind), if needed
Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature.
Combine the powdered sugar, peanut butter, coconut oil, vanilla and salt, mix well. If the frosting is too thick, add milk a very little bit at a time (a little goes a long way). Stir well after each addition until you get to the frosting consistency you prefer. Chill the frosting until it thickens up a little, then smear between two cookies to make a peanut butter cookie sandwich. This is enough for just a little bit of filling, feel free to double the recipe if you like more.
Store these cookies in airtight bags or individually wrapped in the fridge or freezer as the filling becomes soft at room temperature.
Here are a couple articles that recently stirred up opposition toward the Girl Scout's affiliation with Planned Parenthood if you want to learn a little more. The Washington Times, and Deseret News (for locals).