Hold the carnitas: Chipotle is putting the welfare of farm animals ahead of
profits. The national restaurant chain says it will
suspend sales of pork at about a third of its locations due to concerns over
the treatment of pigs.
NBC reports, a routine audit of one of the Chipotle pork suppliers found
violations of the fast food company's animal-welfare standards, which require
pigs be "raised with access to the outdoors or in deeply bedded barns, and
without the use of antibiotics." Without meat from that supplier, there's not
enough pork for all the chain's restaurants.
Chipotle has not disclosed which supplier violated company standards, but added
that such failures will not be tolerated - even if that means popular menu
items, like pork carnitas, will be unavailable at hundreds of its locations.
"The differences in animal welfare between pigs raised this way and pigs that
are conventionally raised [are] stark, and we simply won't compromise our
standards this way," a spokesperson for Chipotle
told the Wall Street Journal's Market Watch on Wednesday.
Although Chipotle is an unabashed seller of non-vegetarian entrees, the company
has been a pioneer in proving that big profits don't have to come at the expense
of humane practices. In fact, the company and its CEO, Steve Ells, have been
among the most outspoken voices in the food industry when it comes to
condemning factory farming methods.
Ells pledges to "run our business in a way that doesn't exploit animals" in
a letter on the company's website.
Coldplay's haunting classic 'The Scientist' is performed by country music legend
Willie Nelson for the soundtrack of the short film entitled, "Back to the
Start." Download the song now available on iTunes. Label and proceeds benefit
The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation.
The film, by film-maker Johnny Kelly, depicts the life of a farmer as he slowly
turns his family farm into an industrial animal factory before seeing the errors
of his ways and opting for a more sustainable future. Both the film and the
soundtrack were commissioned by Chipotle to emphasize the importance of
developing a sustainable food system.