I 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 Somehow over 90% of the world’s scientists believing in something is no longer valid to some because a political party backed by big oil money says so.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.