Bye Bye Guacamole? Chipotle Warns Climate Change May Force Company to Remove Item From Menu

guacamoleI don’t hide the fact that I’m a firm believer in the reality of climate change.  The fact that this very real situation is being “debated” is absolutely ludicrous.  Somehow over 90% of the world’s scientists believing in something is no longer valid to some because a political party backed by big oil money says so.

Well, as I’ve seen said by many people plenty of times, “Just because you don’t want to believe in a certain reality doesn’t mean that it’s not real.”

And it seems Chipotle Inc. is taking the threat of climate change very seriously by warning investors that extreme weather caused by climate change could eventually cause them to no longer carry a key item on their menu – guacamole.

In an annual report released by the company they said, “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.”

The company also said, “Any such changes to our available menu may negatively impact our restaurant traffic and comparable restaurant sales, and could also have an adverse impact on our brand.”

Just to give you an idea of how much guacamole Chipotle uses, they go through about 97,000 pounds per day.  That equates out to about 35 million pounds per year.

And while there’s not an immediate avocado shortage, some scientists are predicting that, due to rising temperatures, California could see a 40 percent drop in avocado production in the next 32 years.

Considering the massive droughts California (and other areas of our country for that matter) have been experiencing the last several years, I see this as a very real possibility.

But while we should be debating over the best plan to combat climate change, we’re instead stuck arguing with total imbeciles over whether or not climate change exists at all.  It’s honestly unfathomable that, in 2014, we’re really having a debate about whether this global threat exists instead of how to combat it.  Because if we don’t start tackling this very real threat soon, the disappearance of avocados will be the least of our concerns.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Veritas vos Liberabit

    Somehow, some way, I get the impression the Tea/Gop will find ways to blame this one on Obama. I can see it now: “Obama caused the aguacate demise”. “Obama’s refusal to do a rain dance proved to be catastrophic to the aguacate industry”. “Obama, prejudice against the aguacate industry”. “Aguacates are misunderstood, the Tea/Gop tells Obama”. “Obama should build a pipeline from the Great Lakes to California to save the aguacates”. “Obama built a pipeline from the Great Lakes to California to save the aguacates, the Great Lakes ran dry”. “Obama should save the Great Lakes and the Asian carps”. “Obama drained the Great Lakes dry, hydrofracking suffers a major set back”. “Obama is a commie and a job killer, said Rush Limbaugh”. “Sarah Palin offers a solution to this catastrophe by promising to send Alaska melted snow to California”.”Ted Nugent and Michele Bachmann agree”.

    • Bine646

      weird how people group the tea party and the gop together like they are one. Tea party is such a small minority in the country but you would never know it by all the press they receive

      • Veritas vos Liberabit

        The Tea Party OWNS the GOP because he GOP allowed them to OWN them and you know it. The GOP sold their souls to them in the hopes to make the first African American Commander in Chief a failure and you know it. Their goal as it stands now that their first goal to make Obama a one term President failed is to never again have an African American Commander in Chief and you also know that, but you’re in denial just like the rest of them. Sabotage and obstructionism. Bring back the Jim Crow laws. Take our Country back to pre Emancipation Proclamation and you know it. Force their own beliefs on others and you know it. To hell with Democracy and you know it. Take your blindfold off and look at reality. The Tea Party WAS a small group, not any longer and you know it. Now the GOP is trying to separate themselves from these radical extremists only to get spanked by them. They deserve what they got themselves into. True Patriot Americans deserve better and you know it. The GOP is stuck and you know it. They’re reaping what they sowed. Good luck with that!

      • Bine646

        1) The GOP has historically been for equal rights, for all races. Mitt Romneys father fought for equality in the work place and won but I’m sure you think he was a bigot aswell.
        2) Obama himself is a failure, it didn’t take GOP “sabotage” to make that happen. Look at his numbers, Corporate profits- +187% (while most corps payed no tax from 2008-13 hmmm), debt held by public +95%, consumer prices +10.3%, federal debt +63%, food stamp recipients +48%, real weekly earning +.3%, long term unemployment +3,878,000, approval rating 42%.
        3) Who is trying to bring back Jim Crow laws? Laws the republicans fought to revoke? I believe it was the democrats who were fight the civil rights movement.
        4) Who is forcing what? Look at the laws in blue states, look at the oppression. Feinstein in Cali to Bloomberg in NY- nanny states. Police states. People cannot live for themselves, they need the government to do it for them

      • Alvaro Nieto

        You’re delusional.

      • Bine646

        Im delusional? Please refute any of those numbers, Ill wait

      • Asher B. Garber

        Your insistence that today’s Democratic party somehow is associated with the Jim Crow laws of the 1950s is all I need to know about you.


      • Bine646

        His insistence that the republican party is trying to bring back the jim crow era was all i needed to know.


      • Guest

        Interesting read of yours. Maybe you’re somehow convinced that the Southern GOP need to wipe out abortion and affordable women’s health is a Jim Crow thing.

        No thanks to you, of course.

      • Bine646

        Yes- we all know the southern GOP is looking to eliminate health care for women- its been their platform forever- what a waste of money.

        As for abortion- wasnt that added in the 70s (roe vs wade?)- 57 million abortions have been documented since then? Please lets hear your gun stats and how its affecting our children…..

      • Sandy Greer

        Anybody else ‘feelin’ the love’ from the GOP? No?

        I say we vote on it, come November, 2014.

        And again, in 2016.

      • Bine646

        We will, what democracy is alllll about

  • freezin

    the resistance to believe the science is identical to the scenario playing out with GMO’s and other social/environmental issues. ” My mind is already made up, don’t confuse me with the facts”