Climate change threatens Chipotle's guacamole

Chipotle guacamole may be no more if climate change has its way, the Mexican food chain said.

The fast-food restaurant warned that they may stop selling guacamole and some salsas on their menu if global warming continues to dwindle the amount of fresh products available like avocados.


"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 tone price or availability of some of our ingredients," Chipotle said in an investor report obtained by Think Progress.

"In the event of cost increases with respect to one or more of our raw ingredients, we may choose to temporarily suspend serving menu items, such as guacamole or one or more of our salsas, rather than paying the increased cost for the ingredients. Any such changes to our available menu may negatively impact our restaurant traffic and comparable restaurant sales, and could also have an adverse impact on our brand," the report states.

Extreme drought in California has hurt the avocados grown there, producing the smallest crop of egg-sized avocados growers have ever seen in recent memory.

Since Chipotle tries to use products grown within 350 miles of each restaurant that are organic and sustainably farmed ingredients, it may be more likely to feel the squeeze of dwindling resources and a changing climate.

President Obama announced in February a $1 billion climate resilience fund while visiting drought-stricken California. The fund, if approved by Congress, would help communities prepare for and adapt to extreme weather events like drought, floods, wildfires, all of which Obama said are exacerbated by a changing climate.

Earlier this year, Obama also launched seven regional climate hubs to help farmers, ranchers and communities battle the impacts of climate change across the country.