Chipotle Makes Big Climate Change Warning

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By Adam Bookbinder

Talking about climate change seems to be like crying wolf.  But now comes a warning which will grab your attention.  And it comes from everyone’s favorite oversized burrito restaurant Chipotle.

In the chain’s latest financial report, there’s a staggering line about how climate change could one day end the sale of guacamole at their stores.

The exact wording is:

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. Any increase in the prices of the ingredients most critical to our menu, such as chicken, beef, cheese, avocados, beans, rice, tomatoes and pork, would adversely affect our operating results. Alternatively, in the event of cost increases with respect to one or more of our raw ingredients, we may choose to temporarily suspend serving menu items, such as guacamole or one or more of our salsas, rather than paying the increased cost for the ingredients.

According to the company, no need to start panicking, yet, since this is just a routine risk factor disclosure.

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