Mexican fast food chain Chipotle announced yesterday it would not have any genetically modified ingredients (aka GMO’s) in its products. Apparently, this is a move Chipotle has been making since 2013 since the company alleges the science is unsure about GMO’s being safe. The company has decided to capitulate to the idea that GMO’s are not safe despite the fact that numerous health and science organizations (like the World Health Organization) say they are.
However, one observant author at Gizmodo, Sarah Zhang, points out Chipotle’s stance is nothing more than a publicity stunt. She bluntly points out:
Here’s why Chipotle’s move especially smells like pandering BS. For the past couple of years, Chipotle has been getting its suppliers to get rid of GM corn and soybean. Today’s “GMO-free” announcement comes as Chipotle has switched over to non-GMO corn and soybean oil, but it still serves chicken and pork from animals raised on GMO feed. (Its beef comes from pasture-fed cows.) A good chunk of the GM corn and soybeans grown in America actually goes to feed livestock, so a truly principled stance against GMOs should cut out meat from GM-fed animals, too.
Any guesses why Chipotle hasn’t stopped serving GMO-fed chicken and pork? Because it’s not economical to do so. What is good for business, though? Declaring yourself GMO-free for publicity points.
Chipotle is well known for publishing literary fiction on items that later become trash. The company did a huge disservice to its customers with its declaration of being GMO-free and put out and pandered to fiction, rather than the facts, about biotechnologically altered or genetically modified foods.