A few weeks ago, environmental advocate Van Jones warned that warmer temperatures and droughts in California are going to cause a 40% drop in the state”s avocado production by the middle of this century, according to a 2006 prediction by Lawrence Livermore Labs.
Things started to get real when Chipotle listed “global weather change” among business risks they were facing in a recent annual report.
“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,” the company stated in a filing, WTKR repoted on March 5th.
Fortunately, Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold told everyone not to freak out, that avocados would live to see another burrito bowl, and that the guac isn”t going anywhere.
“This is nothing more than a routine risk factor disclosure. The sky is not falling.” Arnold said, adding that the company saw a similar issue in 2011. Though they never stopped serving guacamole, Chipotle did increase rpices for the avocados used.
“I wouldn”t read to much into this.”
Chipotle says it uses 97,000 pounds of avocados a day (a single batch of guacamole requires 70). A decrease in avocados would merely main an increase in price for guacamole.
The lesson? We need to recognize that global warming is a real issue, and to use green energy, according to Jones. If not, then you can say goodbye to avocado fries, avocado bread, avocado cheesecake bites, creamy avocado pasta, happiness, puppies, bubbles, summertime and everything else that is good and wonderful like avocados.
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