The guacamole at the fast food chain of Chipotle is going to be stricken from the menu because of “global warming.”

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The guacamole at the fast food chain of Chipotle is going to be stricken from the menu because of “global warming.”

The Mexican fast food chain announced in recent Securities and Exchange Commission filings it could temporarily suspend sales of guacamole and some salsas due to an increase in food costs. Those increases are being caused by global warming, the Denver-based chain 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,” Chipotle officials said. Avocados and other items used to make Chipotle’s guacamole are the ingredients on the chopping block. [emphasis mine]

Is there nothing global warming can’t do?

Considering that there is presently zero evidence of any increase in “weather volatality”, nor is there any evidence that global warming can even cause this increased “weather volatility,” this announcement is garbage. The company wants to save money, and it is using the bugaboo of global warming to justify it.



  • joe

    Maybe the company didn’t see that Warren Buffet said that it was all b.s. Warren Buffet said what all the reporting on aledged global warming with regards to more frequent hurricanes and violent storms did a lot for his bottom line at insurance company’s selling hurricane policy’s was make it a lot more profitable. Buffet said there was no increase in storms or violent weather from global warming!

  • mpthompson

    Chipotle? Meh, I could take it or leave it. This may just push me a bit further into the “leave it” column.

  • joe

    I apologize for the poor grammar, What Warren buffet said global warming did for him was to make a lot of money on fear mongering.

  • Hmmm, other Mexican restaurants don’t seem to have a problem sourcing avocados. How can you sell Mexican (or at least Mexican-inspired) cuisine without guacamole and ‘some salsas’? Why not just call yourself Chipotle Bell and be done with it?

  • Michael Green

    I own a wholesale produce company in Los Angeles. The cost of avocados, the main ingredient in guacamole, has been rising steadily, at least, since I started my company 27 years ago. The price has been pushed up by, of all things, increased demand for the fruit and the steadily increasing popularity of Mexican food in general. The increasing popularity of Mexican food in the U.S. has been driven by, I suspect, the fact that it is delicious. I believe the delicious qualities of Mexican food have lead to an increase, at least of some proportion, in green house gases created by the bacteria in the human digestive tract, fueled by said Mexican food. That being said one might extrapolate that global warming is not pushing up the price of avocados but that the avocado is driving the increase in global warming.

    Just kidding. What a lot of nonsense, both the belief in global warming and Chipotle’s claim that global warming is increasing the cost of guacamole. Chipotle is blaming global warming for their decision to dump the guacamole, an action they are taking in order to fatten their bottom line. I predict it will have the opposite effect. But I kind of admire the creative thinking of those responsible for that ridiculous excuse.

  • Pzatchok

    I am sure it has nothing to do with the fact that we can now find guac in or on everything in the known universe.

    Everyplace in town carries it no matter what the menu. I can order it pasta. I can have avocados on anything I want. McD’s is even tinkering with it.

  • Pithole Hermit

    Avocados grow in tropical climates. If the earth is getting warmer we should have them growing everywhere. Which brings up the hypocrisy of someone calling themselves green when they are trying to cut carbon dioxide. Plants are green because they love carbon dioxide. The shame is so called environmentalist used to actually care about pollution. Now they have been fooled into worrying about non polluting carbon dioxide while real pollution is ignored.

  • Lois Johnson

    Buffet did say that global warming (climate change) was good for the insurance business. One of the larger reissurers, Munich RE, had employees who were involved in the last few IPCC reports.

  • James Stephens

    Mexican food without guacamole? Chipotle can do that I suppose but that’s just suicidal. Who would go to Chipotle when they could just go to the place across the street and get all guacamole they want. I buy avocados at the store all the time, no problem. I agree the price has gone up a bit because avocados have become so popular of late. But global warming? What a load of P.C. crap, positively delusional. I enjoyed Michael Green’s comment on the subject. And wasn’t their a theory floating around a few years ago that the Dinosaurs farted themselves into extension. Makes about as much since. Personally, I blame avocado itself for being so delicious.

  • Jeffrey

    What struck me was the fact that Chipotle has to file paperwork to the SEC to change their menu. What don’t you have to tell some part of our government?

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