California is in the middle of a drought, and I am now officially paying attention. CNN Money covers Chipotle’s call-to-action:
The restaurant chain, in an annual report, listed drought and global weather change among a long list of business risks faced by the company.
“Increasing weather volatility or other long-term changes in global weather patterns, including any changes associated with global climate change, could have a significant impact on the price or availability of some of our ingredients,” Chipotle said in the filing last month.
If the cost of ingredients jumps, the company said it “may choose to temporarily suspend” serving items such as guacamole or some salsas.
Apparently Chipotle uses 97,000 pounds of avocado a day (18,000 tons a year!) — 70 avocados go in a single batch, God bless America. Their commitment to local, organic, and sustainable produce means they’d be greatly affected by rising prices and environmental factors. Since they pledge to use produce from within 350 miles of each restaurant, odds are you Californians would be affected first.
Which means that, as per usual, the fate of our nation lies with renowned Chipotle supplier (!!!) Jason Mraz.