Chipolte Told by Texas Ag Commissioner- Don't Mess With Aussie BeefTue, 17 Jun 2014 03:55:15 CDT
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today released the following statement regarding the announcement from Chipotle Mexican Grill CEO Steve Ells that the restaurant chain will start sourcing grass-fed beef from Australia. Word comes as Chipotle claims U.S. producers are unable to meet their supply needs.
“Chipotle hasn't called me, that’s for sure! I serve as the state’s agriculture commissioner, and my door is always open. Texas is home to the largest cattle herd in the nation, and our ranchers are always looking for new opportunities. Unfortunately, Chipotle says they want to import ‘responsibly raised’ beef by shipping it more than 8,000 miles from Australia, and in turn, increase their carbon emissions and costs. If the Chipotle CEO truly wants to be responsible, he should get together with me and Texas beef industry leaders so we can have a real discussion about ‘meating’ their needs. I encourage Chipotle diners to push Mr. Ells to work with us so they can enjoy fresh, healthy American beef."
Commissioner Staples has written a letter to Mr. Ells extending an invitation to get together to discuss how Texas cattle producers can help supply Chipotle's needs.
Click here to read the letter to Chipolte from the Texas Ag Commissioner.
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