Chipotle, in a move to meet consumer demand, will be removing (some) GMOs from their menu and switching from sustainable ingredients to “sustainable” ingredients. To better serve their customers “values” they will be sourcing cooking oil from sunflowers bred through chemical mutagensis and grown with what is apparently the anti-GMO movement’s favorite herbicide, imazamox in place of soy or canola oils grown with glyphosate. As well, they will be sourcing corn produced with the herbicide atrazine and the insecticide chlorpyrifos* rather than the herbicide glyphosate and the Bt trait. **
Well, the change is just for the food, not the sodas, where they make their money. Those will still have high fructose corn syrup made from GMO corn. But all in all, a an exciting victory for the “sustainable” food movement, as well as Syngenta and BASF.
* You may have heard bad things about chlorpyrifos, but don’t get your NPR tote bag in a twist, it’s mostly just dangerous for farm workers, you can eat Chipotle your heart’s content and not have to worry about it. Just know that your made up fear of Bt corn is WAY more important the actual health of farm workers and their kids.
** All of those pesticides have resistance and “superweed” issues, but not the “bad” kind.