Target: CEO of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Steve Ells
Goal: Applaud Chipotle for removing all GMO ingredients from its menu.
Chipotle Mexican Grill recently announced that it will no longer use GMO ingredients in its menu, making it the first U.S. company to do this in history. The move was spurned by the vagueness and ongoing research into the implications of GMO foods. Until the company feels that the GMOs are better understood by the scientific community, Chipotle will remove GMOs from its menu. This action should be praised, as Chipotle is thinking about the health of both its customers and the environment.
GMOs are genetically modified plants—and animals—who have had their DNA modified by humans so they can become resistant to diseases or have certain traits. It is artificial breeding and is typically done for the benefit of the human race. Unfortunately, GMOs come with some significant risks and consequences. In the case of plants, crops have been altered to be herbicide resistant. This means using more powerful and toxic pesticides to kill pests, but these pesticides are absorbed into the soil and the waterways. Over 60 countries around the world have banned the use of GMOs, but the United States continues to use them. Studies conducted in the United States state that GMOs aren’t harmful, but many of these studies are conducted by the companies that produce GMOs. Many Americans are concerned about both the long and short-term consequences of having GMOs in the market.
Chipotle has noted the public’s concern, along with environmental concerns. The company has since tried to keep its promise of ethically raised animals, along with keeping its food as natural and healthy as possible. Despite having to pull pork off of its menu, Chipotle saw an increase in sales. The company remains hopeful about its prospects, despite pulling GMO ingredients from its menu. Sign this petition and praise Chipotle for making a smart and ethical decision.
Dear Steve Ells,
Recently, you announced that Chipotle would be removing all GMO ingredients from its menu. I for one am happy with this decision, as there isn’t enough scientific data to prove that GMOs are safe. I also believe that these products are harmful to both our bodies and the environment. The use of GMOs in farms is astounding, but what is more stunning is the fact that these GMOs could possibly be a detriment to pubic health. I am relieved that your company understands this danger and is willing to take steps to protect the environment.
Chipotle has become one of the biggest role models in humane and environmentally friendly service, and I hope your company will continue to remain ethical when serving its patrons.
[Your Name Here]
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