It is no secret that I have tremendous admiration and respect for American farmers, the 1% who feed us, allowing the 99% of us to pursue our dreams.
And when someone insults and demeans them, it brings out my inner Mama Bear.
For years Chipotle has been telling us that they serve better food, “food with integrity,” mocking and slandering the American farmer as being only interested in making a buck, not caring about the consumer, the animals or the environment.
last August 99 people became sick after eating at a Chipotle in Simi Valley, CA. In September, about 60 people were sickened by salmonella in Minnesota. The chain was forced to close 43 restaurants in Washington and Oregon after authorities linked an E.coli outbreak in six restaurants. Illnesses have been reported in seven more states, including Illinois, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Recently over 80 students at Boston College became ill, forcing another closure. Health officials in Boston said the cause was a common virus and cited them for improper handling of poultry and the presence of a sick employee.
With great fanfare they announced that they eliminated all GMO ingredients from the food they serve, adding to public fear and confusion about food safety. GMOs have been standard food fare for over two decades.
The facts are that more than 25 years of research from more than 500 independent research groups has found that genetically modified food poses no more risk than conventional farming technologies.
These findings are backed by the American Medical Association, the US National Academy of Sciences, and the World Health Organization — along with many other respected organizations worldwide.
It’s just a suggestion, but perhaps Chipotle would be better served to get its own house in order instead of attacking the American farmer, who for years has produced the safest supply of food that the world has ever had.
Every business needs to retain customers and make a profit. Money spent guarding against GMO non-existent threats is money they might use to prevent actual health problems.