Chipotle Mexican Grill just announced its plans to remove genetically modified ingredients from its food. Chipotle is the first national fast food chain to take such steps. All of Chipotle’s restaurants are now using non-GMO corn, which goes into many ingredients. Chipotle has also switched its cooking oil from soybean oil to GMO-free sunflower oil and rice bran oil. None of the ingredients used in Chipotle’s tortillas, rice, chips, salsa, or marinades will be genetically modified. Chipotle co-CEO Steve Ells explained that the switch to non-GMO has been years in the making as he had to wait for new GMO-free crops to be planted and harvested. Chipotle’s pork and chicken still come from animals that eat GMO-feed and its beef comes from pasture-raised cattle. Ells has stated that the new non-GMO ingredients will not raise menu prices. He sees these changes as a step forward for fast food.

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