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Chipotle Mexican Grill Supports Local Farming

Chipotle Mexican Grill Supports Local Farming

By Jason Knapfel for DietsInReview.com

Chipotle Mexican Grill has just announced that it’s going to double the amount of locally grown produce used in its restaurants. They say they expect to use more than 10 million pounds of produce from local farms in 2011, which is an increase from about five million pounds last year. Among the produce it gets from local farmers are bell peppers, jalapenos, oregano, red onions and romaine lettuce.

So, why is it such a big deal that the company feels like they should promote their use of locally-grown produce? There are many benefits, from the taste of the food to the impact on the environment.

Benefits of Staying Local

Fresher and tastes better – One of the more common sense benefits is that local produce is fresher because it gets to you quicker. If it’s fresher, it most likely tastes better too.

Local foods are allowed to ripen, which is another reason it tastes better. According to Michael Pollan, author of such books as The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food, the average food item goes 1,500 miles from the farm to the consumer’s dinner table.

Peak nutrition – When you buy locally-grown foods, they are also more likely to be in peak nutritional form. Nutrients are depleted over time with exposure to the elements.

Less contamination – The speed with which food is delivered to you from a local source also decreases the chances that it will be contaminated. Even if there is cause for concern, if you know where your food is coming from, you know when and when not to eat it if you hear news of an outbreak, like e. coli.

Variety – When you eat locally-grown foods, you will naturally eat a variety of foods. Every food has a season, so they will be grown exclusively at certain times of the year in your area.

Help the environment – You will be helping the planet as well if you buy locally-grown foods. Since they travel a shorter distance, less fossil fuel is burned to get it to you. You are also supporting local farmlands that may otherwise be bought out by developers.

Support your local economy – Besides the health and environmental reasons for buying local produce, remember that you are also supporting your local economy. That means you’re supporting jobs in your hometown, not to mention the taxes and revenues that come as a result from a prosperous agricultural business.

So, whether it’s for your health or the earth’s, or supporting local businesses, there are many reasons to applaud Chipotle and to encourage other restaurants to follow in their footsteps.

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6:28AM PDT on May 1, 2012

Our commitment to local and organic extends to when we eat away from home...we choose to support local organic spots. However, it's great to know this about this business. I hope more places follow their example.

5:22PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Thanks for the post.

1:23AM PST on Feb 15, 2012

Well done, Chipotle!
Thanks for info.

12:38AM PST on Feb 15, 2012

good work...

5:46AM PST on Feb 14, 2012

Thank you

4:24PM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

Way to go Chipotle!!!

4:30PM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

Awesome!!! way to go Chipotle not only good but but good all around!! Thank you for your consideration.

2:54AM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

Good to know, thanks.

9:04AM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

sounds like a good place to go

1:20PM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

that's good

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