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Friday, January 8, 2016

Health vs Profit: Chipotle and the War on the Farm-to-Table Movement

This is why #Chipotle is getting hit by all of these food born illnesses. Chipotle operates off of the farm-to-table movement emphasizing ethically, locally sourced food.
The farm-to-table movement not only undercuts the factory farms which the fast food industry gets its food from but it also undercuts #BigPharma that supplies these factory farms with antibiotics, hormones, pesticides and #GMO corn along with other chemicals that are put in our food that cause sickness dis-ease and #populationcontrol.

CDC Chipotle investigation leaves questions of possible food terrorism by biotech industry -
Specifically, The New York Times recently published an article carrying the headline, "C.D.C. Ends Chipotle Case With Illness Still a Mystery." That "mystery," of course, is the fact that although investigations into the E. coli outbreaks were conducted by the CDC, the real cause of them still remains unknown. This very well may be as close as we've seen mainstream media come to actually raising the possibility of biotech industry food terrorism in this particular case.

McDonald's begins closing restaurants across U.S. as clean food movement sweeps America -
Finally our efforts to avoid processed foods and Frankenfoods are paying off. For the first time in decades McDonald's is struggling and has to close more restaurants than it opens after worldwide drops in sales. According to an Associated Press review of McDonald's regulatory filings, this hasn't happened since 1970.
Earlier this year the fast food giant announced the closing of 350 underperforming locations, but recently admitted it had to close an additional 350 restaurants in the U.S., Japan, and China. The closings include both franchises and company-owned locations.
While this number may seem small compared to their total of about 14,300 locations, the iconic "Golden Arches" are under fire.
McDonald's has reported an 11 percent decrease in revenue and a 30 percent drop in profit for the first three months of 2015. This is a continuation of their struggle as the competition in the US and Europe is getting tougher and food safety issues in Asia had to be addressed.
Chipotle outbreaks: Death knell for local sourcing?
The "farm-to-table" movement — emphasizing ethically, locally sourced food — evokes a pastoral fantasy of a simpler time. But now that a bellwether of the trend is under scrutiny for foodborne illnesses, reality may be testing the limits of the farm-to-table foodie craze, experts told CNBC.
Chipotle Mexican Grill warned investors Wednesday that sales had been pummeled by fallout from E. coli and norovirus incidents. It also said a grand jury has subpoenaed it in an investigation of a separate norovirus outbreak.
The latest news sent yet another shock wave through a chain known for touting local ingredients on an unprecedented scale. Is the dining darling's downward spiral a death knell for local sourcing?
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