Chipotle Grill

 To: Chipotle Mexican Grill

From: Sara (saraant.wordpress.com)

Date: August 1, 2010

Subject: Chipotle Grill & GMO’s

Hello! About a month ago I became aware of the toxic food being sold in our country and vowed to make a change! I was ecstatic when I came across your company with your “Food with Integrity” however; if I’ve learned anything it’s to question everything! So my question to you is this: Where does your corn come from? I looked at the ‘Ingredients’ section of your website but there is not an ingredient list, just a general idea of how the meat was raised. I understand you are not organic; however, can I be sure your taco shells, tortillas and/or veggies are GMO free?? I hope so because I have FALLEN IN LOVE with your restaurant and would be sad to have to stop eating there 

Thanks for your time and effort, I am anxiously awaiting your reply. I hope you take steps to truly serve Food with Integrity if you do not in fact purchase from non-GMO farmers already.

Sincerely,

Sara P. – Providence, RI


 

To: Sara (saraant.wordpress.com)

From: Joel Bond Chipotle Mexican Grill

Date: August 9, 2010

Subject: Re: Chipotle Grill & GMO’s

Sara,

Thank you for writing to us. Unfortunately, I can’t answer your question with certainty. The reason we can’t guarantee GMO free for most of our foods is because GMO foods are not segregated or labeled in this country, and the only way you can tell generally if something is GMO free is if it’s labeled specifically as organic. Since the price point for organic is too high for us, we cannot guarantee GMO free ingredients for most of our foods.

For our sweet corn in the corn-poblano salsa, our supplier does not purchase GM seed (it’s not however, specifically organic), and maintains a more-than-safe buffer zone between their fields and neighboring fields to prevent any cross pollination. While there is GMO sweet corn out there, this is a different, generally more controlled crop than field corn, and our sweet corn in the salsa is from non-GMO farmers.

I hope this news doesn’t mean you’ll no longer dine with us!

Sincerely,

Joel

Joel Bond | Marketing Consultant

Chipotle Mexican Grill


 

To: Joel Bond Chipotle Mexican Grill

From: Sara (saraant.wordpress.com)

Date: April 29, 2011

Subject: Re:Re: Chipotle Grill & GMO’s

Hi Joel,

    I’m sorry, but I am back.  I did not stop eating at Chipotle, I eat there a little less than once a month and only when I have no other [non-GMO] options.  I enjoy your restaurant and would like to eat there more often however I just can’t allow myself to be satisfied with the information that I have.  I also write a blog on eating GMO-free; I have posted our correspondence there and am amazed at the amount of hits I’ve gotten just from people searching the internet for answers about Chipotle’s use of GMO’s.  For months my blog has received hits daily from that search range and I just feel that you should know how many people are looking for this information. {Top Searches: chipotle gmo, “giant eagle”, does chipoltle use gmo corn, does chipotle use gmo, is chipotle non gmo?}

 I also want to clarify my original email to allow you to answer a little more specifically.  

I understand your need to include the adage: “The reason we can’t guarantee GMO free for most of our foods is because GMO foods are not segregated or labeled in this country, and the only way you can tell generally if something is GMO free is if it’s labeled specifically as organic.”   

I am still curious about the origin of the corn for your tortillas and taco shells.  I am also curious if you can tell me what local providers (if any) are used for the two Chipotle Grills in RI (Warwick and Cranston) and what items they provide to the stores.  (I am optimistically assuming you use local providers in season.)   

If you could shed some light on these two areas I would be greatly appreciative!  Thank you for your attention to this, it means a lot to me to know someone is listening.

 Sincerely,

 Sara


 To: Sara (saraant.wordpress.com)

From: Shannon Kyllo Chipotle Mexican Grill

Date: May 3, 2011

Subject: Re:Re:Re: Chipotle Grill & GMO’s 

Sara,

Thanks for writing to us. I hope you don’t mind if I respond on Joel’s behalf. He’s actually transitioned to another department within our company. As for your question about our corn tortillas, unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that the corn we use in them comes from GMO-free sources at this time. We do have measures on place for the corn in our corn salsa, but we are not there yet with our corn tortillas.

We’re researching all ways to improve our food since we can’t do it all at once. Variables like supply and demand could either leave us with shortages or inconsistencies. We might even face tremendous price increases to guarantee a steady supply of unobtainable ingredients. There are also many other factors to think about. For instance, if we could get more GMO-free foods than we currently do, if they are only grown in one area, shipping them to all of our restaurants would be prohibitively expensive and environmentally harmful due to resource waste. We have to look at the benefits versus the all the costs.

 We are heavily committed to continuing to improve all of our foods and their sources, and GMO concerns are very important to us as well. We promise to continue improvements in our food supplies for the years ahead.

As for local providers in Warwick and Cranston, following is a list of local farms we purchased from and what we purchased in 2010:

  • Frank Donio- Bell Peppers & Romaine (Hammonton, NJ)
  • William Consalo & Sons- Bell Peppers (Vineland, NJ )
  • Satur Farms- Oregano (Cutchoque, NY)
  • K&M- Red Onions (New Hampton, NY)

 

We are also continuing to try to expand upon our program and challenging ourselves to add more and more local suppliers every year. In fact, this year we plan to add Rigo Produce (Vineland, NJ) to the local program. They will provide Romaine, Bell Peppers and Jalapeños.

We know we are not prefect—far from it—in fact. We wish we were, but there is much to be done to change our current food system. We are dedicated to improving upon our own standards every year and challenging ourselves to find the best foods that are better for the environment, better for the farmers who grow the produce and raise the livestock and perhaps better for us. I hope this is helpful, but if you have any further question, please feel free to ask.

Sincerely,

Shannon

 Shannon Kyllo | Customer Service Manager

 Chipotle Mexican Grill


 To: Shannon Kyllo Chipotle Mexican Grill

From: Sara (saraant.wordpress.com)

Date: May 10, 2011

Subject: Re:Re: Re: Re:Re: Chipotle Grill & GMO’s

Shannon,

Thank you so much for your reply.  I appreciate the work Chipotle is doing and know it is not easy to fight for Food with Integrity in our current food system, I applaud the fact that you even try. 

 I prefer my diet to be void of any genetically modified ingredients so I will continue to cook my own organic dishes in my own kitchen and in the rare occasion I am away from home without any food, I will eat at Chipotle as it is the only place in my area that I feel remotely comfortable eating at.

 Thanks again, keep up the good work and I hope you don’t mind if I stop in from time to time to check on your progress 🙂

 Sincerely, 

Sara


 To: Sara (saraant.wordpress.com)

From: Shannon Kyllo Chipotle Mexican Grill

Date: May 11, 2011

Subject: Re:Re:Re:Re:Re: Chipotle Grill & GMO’s 

Sara,

 Thanks for your understanding. And we definitely understand your take on that as well. I do have some good news to report though. We are replacing the soybean oil in our fryers (for our chips and our taco shells) with sunflower oil. This is non-GMO in addition to having other benefits. This change should take effect by the third quarter of this year. We are also adding a percentage of organic avocados which we will continue to increase as supplies become available. This should happen by the end of this year as well.

 We know we’re not there yet, but we are working everyday to improve upon the foods we serve. Eventually, these baby steps will have a major impact—much like it did with our pork—and we’re not giving up. And definitely feel free to check back in on our progress. This stuff changes all the time as we are always looking at all ways in which we can improve our sourcing.

 Sincerely,

Shannon

 Shannon Kyllo  |  Customer Service Manager

 Chipotle Mexican Grill

 

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58 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by sysmj on July 31, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Wow, I admire you tenacity on this issue. I asked several GMO questions of Chipotle and got equally ambiguous answers, containing some of the same paragraphs in the above. I too eventually decided that I applaud their efforts but for now will avoid visiting until they can provide definitive answers.

    Keep it up though, I am glad I stubmled across your blog searching for “chipotle gmo”! 🙂

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  2. Hi Sara,

    I too am very concerned about GMO’s in our food supply and wrote
    from the Chipotle website about GMO ingredients in the Orlando
    Florida area restaurants but have yet to get a response. If more people would
    write them, perhaps there will be more changes. I will continue
    to press the issue.

    If they would understand that I would pay more for GMO free food and organic ingredients knowing that my health and the health of my family would be better for it. I want more restaurants to realize what the public wants and cater to their needs since GMOs and better health is increasingly important to many Americans.

    It’s great that they will switch to Sunflower oil in the third quarter. It’s
    Aug. 26th now, can you get an update to see if they’ve actually
    changed

    I’ve also called Mars Candies once I discovered that my all time favorite
    candy is made with GMO beet sugar. If I had known, I wouldn’t have
    eaten it! Haagen Daaz (owned by Nestle) icecream can’t guarantee their
    icecream to be GMO free either. The term “all natural” is a joke to fool
    the consumer.

    If everyone that reads this message called one of the big manufacturers
    to tell them they are upset about hidden GMO beet sugar then perhaps they will
    realize they are going to lose money and that it’s not the way to go and decide
    to use at least conventional ingredients. For now, they are hiding it and that’s a
    crime in my book.

    Please get your readers to go to millionsagainstmonsanto.com web site
    and sign the Truth in Labeling Petition. There is a tipping point that will
    force manufacturers and restaurants to avoid GMOS. People are becoming
    educated about GMOs let’s all do something about it: avoid GMOs and boycott
    those who do.

    For the cause,
    Deb
    healthshock.net
    Find me on Deb’s Place healthshocknet Facebook.

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    • HI Deb, thanks so much for your thoughts, it’s so nice to know I am not alone!! I encourage my readers to visit Millions Against Monsanto (http://www.organicconsumers.org/monsanto/materials.cfm) and have linked to the Truth in Labeling Petition but am happy to have the chance to do it again: http://www.organicconsumers.org/monsanto/action.cfm

      I will follow up with Chipotle around the end of the year, give them some extra time, then remind them I am still waiting to be able to purchase their product again. I love writing to the companies and letting them know I know their secret and I’m not buying into it!

      Keep up the good work Deb and thanks for writing!

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  3. I was standing in line at Chipotle just last week and it hit me like a ton of bricks, the corn chips and tortillas must contain bT Corn. Chipotle has a great front they are offering, but really it’s not very hard for them to source GMO Free certified corn for their chips and tortillas, Whole Foods has a store brand that is not organic but certified (which is offered nationally). The question is does Chipotle WANT to provide GMO free corn to their customers?

    The other part of the equation, which was not really discussed is the feed the animals are receiving. They’ve got to contain GMO’s, if they are blatantly serving it to their customers. I’m really bummed about this. I hope they take the questions seriously and I appreciate you taking the time to fight for GMO free food.

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    • EXACTLY DENISE!!!! It’s funny how some things just hit you out of nowhere and then change everything 😛
      Thanks for reading, and commenting!!!! You bring up a great question; do they even want to provide GMO free food (including the feed for the animals!)? I’ve decided they could be doing a lot more to help us.
      Thanks again Denise, I look forward to reading your blog later this afternoon 🙂

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  4. Posted by Chris on November 2, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I found the part about them switching from soybean oil to sunflower especially interesting, as the soy oil was the biggest deterrent from eating at Chipotle as the corn is easily avoided besides cross contamination issues. I was curious as to whether or not you followed up on their claim of switching. Something of note though, in parentheses they hightlighted it only implies to their Chips and taco shells(?) Troubling because the cooking oil is dowsed in almost everything from the meat to the vegetables. So cooking the aforementioned couple things in NON-gmo source oil doesn’t really solve the problem.. or even come close. I may just have to write them myself.

    Nice blog!

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    • Thanks Chris! You bring up a great point with the oil! I was just reading these emails the other day and thought I am way too forgiving with them. You’ve motivated me to follow up and be a little more demanding of change this time. Thank you!!

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  5. Posted by Jaime on March 30, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Thank you for bringing this to light Sarah. I can’t say this will remain a staple in my choice of restaurants anymore. I appreciate your follow through to get the facts.

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  6. Posted by Crystal on April 7, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks for posting your email exchange with Chipotle. I find their vague response very disturbing and agree with Denise. If they wanted to source non-gmo corn for their tortillas and chips that could be easily done. I frequent a local co-op who provides only gmo free products and there are several non-organic products in the store. Therefore, it can be done! So disappointing and Chipotle will be crossed off my list until they get their act together. Obviously based on their response, they know it is an issue, now they need to take the next step and determine if they are going to be a company that does not support gmo corn.

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    • Thank you for reading Crystal…and caring enough to cross them off your list until they can get it together! I am planning on sending all these comments in a follow-up email, see if they’ve tried anything new yet…something tells me they haven’t! -Stay tuned!

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  7. Posted by kevin on May 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    hey you guys need to do a better job at promoting non gmo foods. im still scepticle with your product though it is delicious.consumers like me want that piece of mind our food is save and im sure u do too. dont give us the “natural” run around, just say non gmo or organic!!!!

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  8. Posted by kevin on May 2, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    point being u f*****s just want to make a **** load of money and u could care less about the consumers health.dont give me that bs about supply and demand.u carry little on your menu and youre just in it for the buck.im just gonna make my own organic mexican meal for half the price and twice the flavor and piece of mind fu!!!!!

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    • Thanks for your words Kevin, you obviously feel like most of us do regarding the corp. run-around! I encourage you to send your thoughts on this issue straight to Chipotle; Shannon Kyllo’s email address is skyllo@chipotle.com
      Thanks for reading and keep up your fighting spirit!!

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  9. Posted by abe alpert on May 18, 2012 at 1:40 am

    I have read the other posts here. I find Chipotle’s response weak. I assume the gmo issues are just one part of a larger problem. The “products” served are not gluten free or msg free i assume. Given Chipotle’s image of providing healthy food choices you would think they would try harder to actually provide healthy food.

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  10. Posted by kedward on June 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I’ve been reading nationofchange for the past year and become horrified by Monsanto’s actions. This article in particular is really interesting: http://www.nationofchange.org/first-super-weeds-now-super-insects-thanks-monsanto-1338362046

    It woke me up to the fact that I consume tons of GMO foods – in soda (high fructose corn syrup), ‘naturally grown meat’ (bt corn feed) and even my tortilla chips (should have realized.. but I didn’t even *think*! about it).

    I found your website wondering whether Chipotle would be a food-safe place to eat on my lunch-break – sounds like they’re less bad than others, but even they have GMO contamination.

    I’d love to see the OMG GMO campaign really kick off. I read in another article that viruses are literally used to break into the cells of plants and deliver the bt bacteria and other species’ dna – literally ‘infected food’. Once I started learning of the effects GMO were having on the food supply, bees, and our own bodies, and just how many scientists are talking about this, I really started caring – even started planting my own veggie garden in the back yard (non-GMO seeds)!

    Good luck, and thank you for providing information!

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    • I LOVE THIS!! People are awakening! Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment. I don’t know how much of the blog you’ve read but it’s chock full of info I’ve gathered over the last two years since I realized what was going on – lots of articles and such about the dangers of corporations like Monsanto and studies of what GMOs have done to our health and environment (sometimes even I need to take a break from the info gathering as it can be pretty depressing sometimes).

      There is a large movement happening to demand labeling of GMO food and I encourage you to check what is happening in your state and spread the knowledge you have to everyone you know! Knowledge is power and it’s people like us, who want to understand, that will help the others who would rather have their heads in the sand 🙂

      I truly feel this will all be looked back on someday and we’ll wonder how we ever thought GMOs were a good idea, like giving LSD to soldiers 😛

      Thanks again for reading and caring!!!

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  11. Posted by Bob K on June 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    We all need to pressure Congress to get their act together and REQUIRE GMO labeling on all foods! Only then will we be able to feel comfortable about what we eat! Thanks for the blog—great stuff.

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  12. Posted by Maggie on June 13, 2012 at 2:33 am

    I just now saw your blog, while searching for any info about Chipotle Mexican Grill. (I love Mexican food, but I won’t eat GMOs — and especially GMO corn.) So, I looked you up, only because I recently watched a popular sitcom where you were mentioned. They said you were “organic.” I was hopeful that you were organic I guess not. Oh well. I’ll just have to continue to make my own Mexican recipes with the ingredients I choose. Please consider resisting using GMO ingredients. We don’t need them. They are harmful. I always read labels, and I will not ever knowingly purchase anything with them! Thanks.

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    • Thanks for reading Maggie, and I’m happy that you feel that way about GMOs! I beg you to write to Chipotle and let them know how you feel – only if we all refuse to eat their GMOs will they have to change their ways… I don’t think there should be any reason they buy farm “fresh” food from NY to serve in my state of RI when we have so many farms here that provide all the food they need and what’s fresher than farm to table within 30 miles??? Please Maggie, write to Chipotle and let them know how you feel – Shannon Kyllo’s email address is skyllo@chipotle.com
      Please keep reading this blog for organic recipes and info regarding the movement of labeling GMOs! 🙂

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  13. Posted by Mitchel on September 7, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Sara, if nothing else they are supporting CA Prop 37. There is hope.
    http://www.carighttoknow.org/endorsements

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  14. Posted by xiang on October 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    i dont eat gmo poison so i will never go to chipotle fuck you chipotle

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  15. Posted by Kevin on October 25, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Good work Sara. The GMO issue won’t resolve itself on its own. Consumers need to demand GMO free food. If enough consumers selected non GMO products and left the GMO products rotting on the shelvesonly then the suppliers will switch to non GMO products to protect their bottom line.

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    • Thank you Kevin! That’s right, we got to keep voting with our dollars!
      Thanks for reading and supporting the non-GMO movement, maybe soon we’ll all see a version of Prop 37 in our states 🙂

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  16. Sara, thanks for all the good work you do. We, here in California, are facing one of our greatest challenges this November when we vote on Proposition 37, the Label GMO proposition that Monsanto and their cohorts have dontated 41 million dollars to defeat with flat out lies. We gathered almost 1 million signatures to get this on the ballot. Los Angeles and Santa Monica City Councils this week have came out in favor of labeling. I have spent hours gathering signatures, registering voters, donated hundreds of dollars, attended political discussions, placed bumper stickers on my car, bombarded friends on facebook, and tell people I run into in the market. We all must keep up the fight for truth. We can’t allow corporations, who’s sole purpose is world domination, to dictate labeling laws. We have the power to influence the marketplace. Just look how many companies have switched from HFCS to sugar. Too bad more people don’t realize it’s still GMO, but with every conscious individual pitching in, we can make a difference. By the way, I found your site in a search for non-gmo tortillias. My friend said the white ones are gmo free, but the yellow ones aren’t. I have my own organic masa and make my own, but I haven’t perfected my technique and they aren’t as good as they could be. I do, however, take solace that they are fresh and organic

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    • Hi Diana, thanks for taking the time to comment. I have been spreading the word on Prop 37 everywhere I can as well! It is so important for even the people here in New England to understand what is happening so when it happens here they already know it is something to support – also to get people to vote with their dollars by only buying non-GMO food!! Thank you for all the woe you’re doing, it takes an army!

      I’m sorry I don’t have any corn tortilla recipes, but you can find a few different ones at Lisa’s 100 Days of Real Food blog, http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2011/04/26/recipe-easy-whole-grain-corn-tortillas/ She does a great job of making mostly organic food, all with only about 5 ingredients! She has a great recipe box available for all.

      Lastly, I’d like to invite you to join OMG GMOs!! facebook page, I have been informing everyone of who has contributed how much to the anti-labeling campaign, and making collages of their natural or organic brands in hopes to create some transparency in the Corporations and their entities. https://www.facebook.com/omggmos?ref=hl

      Anyway, thanks again for reading and taking the time to comment, and for your fight for labeling, keep it up! Enjoy the day!

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      • Thanks for the links! We will keep up the good fight here in CA, vote with our dollars, and will not be defeated. Now……to perfect corn tortillas w/o a press 🙂

  17. Posted by Marcy on December 29, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Thank you for this informative post. My son was recently diagnosed with Celiac disease and I was thrilled to learn that many options at Chipotle are gluten free. However, I am trying very hard to avoid serving my family GMO ingredients (since many question whether these crops are actually the cause of the increased rate of autoimmune disease and allergies). While waiting in line for my son’s takeout last night, it dawned on me that the “food with integrity” info on their signage made no mention of GMOs. Unfortunately, while corn products are often safe for individuals with celiac, as you know they are often made with GMO crops. I am so disappointed. I was almost afraid to search for this info this morning, but I am glad I ran across your blog. I do applaud Chipotle’s efforts. However, I wish they could at least make their base tortillas and taco shells GMO free–then we could just opt out of any non GMO fillings.

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    • Marcy I commend you for looking further than your Dr’s office for information regarding your son’s diagnosis! You seem to understand that things are not always what they seem (or we are told), GMOs are, IMO, a major source for a lot of disease we are seeing lately. I’m glad I could help you find the information you’re looking for, and I believe you are in the right frame of mind to help your son overcome this. 🙂

      My life is changing drastically (my boyfriend and I are getting ready to leave our house and jobs to travel indefinitely) so I am not updating the blog as much as I used to, but I invite you to the OMG GMOs! FaceBook page where I have been updating with articles and petitions.

      Thanks for reading and keep up the good work with thinking outside the box!

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  18. I was under the impression that Chipotle carried local non GMO veggies, however I decided to investigate further and found this blog extremely informative. Thank you for all of your efforts!

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    • Yes Amaya, I also was under that impression for quite some time. I’m happy you looked further for the truth, and even more thrilled that you found it here 😀
      Thanks for taking the time to tell me!

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  19. Posted by Michele Hogan on January 4, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Amaya, sugar beets, corn, soy, canola, papyas (grown in Hawaii) are some of the main GMO crops grown here in the U.S. (cotton is another big GMO as well. Check out what happened in India) So as far as non GMO veggies goes there are none as far I know. I believe a GMO potato is in the works along with GMO salmon (shortly going to get approved here from what it looks) and I they are working on a GMO apple. (How gross uh?) I am sure even though their meats are antibiotic free these animals most likely are being fed GMO grains (i.e. corn and soy.) I would pay more for organic corn chips. By the way blue corn is not GMO.

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    • I never thought about papayas! is it only Hawaiian Papayas? Do you think GMO cotton affects us nutritionally? I am mostly vegan, but occasionally am not opposed to a sustainably caught wild Pacific catch of Salmon. Can the GMO salmon contaminate the wild salmon? I wrote this article about eggs (http://www.hellaholistic.com/1/post/2013/02/happy-eggs.html) I highlighted that I prefer Pasture Raised. I did not mention vegetarian fed, but do you think that pasture raised chickens live off of naturally growing pasture greens?

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  20. Posted by christine on February 12, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I have asked the servers at several chipotle restaurants in the central Fl area if their corn in the chips is GMO and every time they say “NO”.
    This is outrageous to me as this is the only place I will take my 2 year old grandson to eat. And he loves the chips. He is a green baby and I thought i was keeping him safe by eating a chipotle and now I can’t stomach the thought of taking him there. He won’t understand why he can’t have chips.
    Thank you for your dedication to health and keep it up. I intend to put a complaint in somehow regarding the education of the employees.
    Thank you and healthy blessings.

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    • Oh no Christine, that’s horrible!! Unfortunately I have the same problem at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s; if the employees cared about GMOs they certainly don’t show it. They will tell the customer what they think they want to hear, with no way to prove it how can they go wrong? It’s sad. I’m sorry you have to take the chips away from your Grandson, but someday soon he will understand and will be happy his family was looking out for him!

      I urge you to write a letter and file a complaint!! Feel free to share your correspondence with me, if you want, I will share it with my readers as well. I am amazed at the amount of people following this thread, this is a big issue with Chipotle’s target market – the people who can make a difference!

      Thanks for reading and keep up the good work!

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  21. Posted by Kevin Sullivan on March 22, 2013 at 11:49 am

    thanks for this blog I go to Chipotle all the time and e mailed them also about non GMO foods.
    Thank God Chipotle is doing the right thing and standing up against GMO foods

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    • Except, that they’re not, Kevin. Chipotle is using marketing tactics and catch words to make you think they are standing up for what’s right; and perhaps they are a little better than Mc Donald’s, however they are far from as great as they claim. Chipotle is not standing up against GMO foods.

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  22. Posted by Sonja Richfield on May 20, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I too, am concerned about the food supply and eating GMO food. I just heard today that Chipolte is making the effort to label the food items that have GMO’s. I applaud this effort. However, I would like to see more non-GMO items and encourage your restaurant to start providing these. I would LOVE to be able to eat out again. But the worry I have over GMO food is not worth the risk. Good work Chipolte for at least making an effort to inform the public.

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    • I couldn’t agree more Sonja! My boyfriend and I are traveling full-time now and it is very hard to not ever eat out, I’ve eaten more restaurant food in the last few months than I have eaten in the previous 4 years! 😦 I wish it were easier!

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  23. I agree we must keep encouraging Chipotle to continue to make the transformation 100%, I spoke with a restaurant worker at their Clayton, Mo location last night and it appears they truly do plan to move in that direction. I told him to tell the Manager that when they do this they we be set apart from their competition and I will eat there, not being completely NON-GMO is the same as being GMO, I can’t discern enough to make the decision to eat there.

    Thanks for the Blog, the movement has begun! Keep fighting the fight

    Tamara
    St. Louis, MO

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  24. It’s now 2013..no changes here in Cincinnati. Stil using soy bean oil. They told me their rice was organic..which is probably not true. Shaking my head.

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  25. I’ve been traveling for a couple months (you can read my travel blog @ http://www.ThisIntentionalLife.com) so I haven’t been able to do as much research as I used to when I was spending 7 or so hours at work with nothing to do but entertain myself in front of a computer… so I am just now reading the official news of Chipotle’s labeling of their ingredients, GMOs included. I hate the idea of GMOs in our food and I totally want them banned, but in the meantime I welcome any labeling of GMOs, no mater what – even if it is unregulated and you have to rely on the source of the label (who most often is the producer/seller of the product) to be honest & thorough in their research regarding the actual containment of GMOs.

    Here is the link to Chipotle’s ingredients, complete with labels for GMOs, hydrated oils, and preservatives:
    http://www.chipotle.com/en-us/menu/ingredients_statement/ingredients_statement.aspx

    Moving forward…! 🙂 Keep up the fight everyone! Thanks for reading and I am sorry I haven’t updated in a long time. In traveling as much as we have lately, I am having trouble finding the time to write much down in any of my blogs. Also, the food I have been eating has been less than ideal; we have a fridge but finding organic food to fill it with has been harder than I thought. It has been eye-opening, coming from RI where farmer’s markets can be found in almost every town, to see produce deserts and CAFOs in real life, I am saddened by our food system… Gee, sounds like I should update my OMG GMOs! blog 😉

    Anyway, thanks for fighting the fight, we are getting closer

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  26. Wow, great blog. Wish I found better news when trying to see if Chipotle was GMO free but I am glad I came across this. Happy that they are making the right efforts but in the meantime I am now longer okay with eating there. I will make a point to stop in at the Garden City location in Cranston once in a while to check on progress.

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  27. Posted by L on July 15, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Thank you so much for asking these tough questions and posting the responses. I really appreciate it. I was under the impression that Chipotle was fighting the GMO battle and am happy for the clarification. I was eating there once a week.

    But I agree, at least they are trying!

    Thanks!

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  28. Posted by Nina on December 27, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Chris, you mention you can avoid Corn easily what about the flour tortillas? aren’t they full of preservatives?

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  29. Posted by Charlene on July 8, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Wondering if you have heard an update?

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  30. Posted by crosswind on August 2, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Glad i came across this blog & post too! ive been wondering about their corn, so ive been ordering bowls without corn salsa and no corn tacos. hopefully they will be able to replace with GMO-free corn one day. People are becoming well aware of the health hazards of GMOs & how FDA allowed them to be introduced or increased their use to our food supply back in 90s without first studying the health effects. WE are the guinea pigs. autoimmine, IBS are rising out of the blue & no doubt are linked. Let’s keep sharing & spreading the word.

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    • Thank you for taking the time to comment! This blog has brought to my attention how many like-minded people there are out there, and I LOVE IT!! We certainly are at that tipping point and it feels so awesome 🙂 Thank you again, and yes, LET’S keep sharing and spreading the word!

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