Chipotle announces GMO free committment

chipotleChipotle announced on Monday that it will begin preparing food that does not contain any genetically engineered . The commitment was announced to offer consumers a healthier alternative in support of a healthier lifestyle.

“This is another step toward the visions we have of changing the way people think about and eat fast food,” said Steve Ells, founder and co- of Chipotle. “Just because food is served fast doesn’t mean it has to be made with cheap raw , highly processed with and fillers and stabilizers and artificial colors and .”

There is a trend by companies based on a large scale grass root anti-gmo movement to implement products tailored to customers demands. Other stores and restaurants are moving to take , or G.M.O.s, out of their products or to label products so that consumers know which are free of them. stores will label any products containing such by 2018, and Walmart is vastly expanding its selection of organic foods, which are free of genetic alteration by law.

Chipotle uses 68 , including salt and pepper, making the move to a GMO free commitment much easier. Finding GMO free flour tortillas represented the largest problem in this scenario. “The shortening had an in it that was derived from soybeans,” said Chris Arnold, Chipotle’s spokesman. “We won’t use lard for tortillas because of our vegan and vegetarian customers, and we can’t use palm because of the .”


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