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WHAT OTHERS SAY: Reported future guacamole shortage takes country by storm

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | 1:30 p.m. CDT

Never mind the potential 23-foot rise in sea levels or 11-degree rise in average temperatures by the end of the century. Never mind that atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide are climbing toward the point of no return.

No, the big news in global warming this week is a potential worldwide guacamole shortage.

The alarm was set off by a financial filing by Chipotle Inc. The taco-and-burrito chain warned investors that extreme weather events “associated with global climate change” might one day drive prices for some ingredients so high that Chipotle would decide not to pay them.

Specifically, the report named avocados, 35.4 million pounds of which are mashed into Chipotle guacamole each year.

Because the filing first was reported by the liberal website thinkprogress.com, conservative commentators — who regard Chipotle as suspiciously leftist because it sustainably sources its food — of trying to stoke global warming fears. A company spokesman said the warning was merely a “risk factor” filing typical of financial documents.

Here’s what we think: If all the other warnings about climate are even remotely true, the possibility that our grandchildren will never dip a chip in guacamole is going to be the least of their problems.

Copyright St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Reprinted with permission.


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