WHAT IS CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Becoming certified organic isn’t a quick process—it takes three years as a transitional farm with only natural or other permitted substances and physical, mechanical, or biologically based farming methods. Produce can’t be called organic unless it’s grown on soil that had no prohibited substances applied for three years prior to harvest. The USDA awards organic certification only if these standards are met.
CALCULATING ORGANIC LAND SUPPORTED
Your Real Foodprint will show an estimate of the square feet of organic land supported based on the proportion of certified organic sources that Chipotle uses, on average, for each ingredient in your order.
How We back it up
We partnered with HowGood, an independent research company, with the world’s largest database on food sustainability. They assessed each of our 53 ingredients and compared them to the industry average agricultural impact against five key metrics (reduced carbon emissions, antibiotics avoided, water saved, improved soil health, and supported organic land). For organic land supported specifically, they also relied on these additional resources for measurement.
United States Department of Agriculture National Organic Program United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service
Your choices at Chipotle help support sustainable agriculture practices, like transitioning crops from conventional to organic, to ensure the land is healthy now and for future generations.
from conventional to organic is a costly and time-consuming, but worthwhile, effort. We’ve helped partners like McKaskle Farms, who provides us with our long-grain rice, and Coastal Farms, who sources all of our cilantro, make that change to serve the best ingredients possible.
THE BIGGEST IMPACT
We’re providing assistance to farmers to help them transition from traditional to organic farming. So far, we’ve seen the biggest positive impact with these ingredients, though we’re helping many of our partners transition our 53 real ingredients from conventional to organic.
Dairy for Cheese
Room for Improvement
While we already serve more organic ingredients than any fast food chain, we still don’t consider the job finished. Sourcing organic is one of the many ways we ensure that ingredients are raised responsibly.
Providing assistance to farms to transition from conventional to organic is a long-term investment, and one that we’re happy to make. Purchasing more transitional and organic ingredients will allow us to continue to invest in the positive impact this metric is making.
OTHER FARMING EFFORTS WE’RE MAKING
We’re thankful for our farmers and the hard work it takes to grow Food with Integrity. As partners, we’re helping farmers take the time-consuming and costly step of moving from conventional farming to organic. We’ve also partnered with the National Young Farmers Coalition to launch the Chipotle Seed Grants Program to support the next generation.
5 Million Pounds
of organic produce was sourced by Chipotle in 2019 including cilantro, avocados, jalapeños, and bell peppers.
9.4 Million Pounds
of organic and transitional black and pinto beans were purchased in 2019, an increase from 7.3 million pounds the year prior.
McKaskle Family Farms
Providing our organically-grown long-grain rice, we helped McKaskle through the transition from conventional to organic farming.
Calculate your real foodprint
Build your favorite Chipotle entrées in our Real Foodprint order simulator and we’ll show you the impact you’re helping to make when you choose Chipotle.