Tomato Tomahto Teaser: What the Organic vs. Genetically Engineered Debate Changes About Your Food


After doing research on locally grown, organic, and sustainable food sources for my white paper proposals, and writing my Paper 2 on Chipotle’s ‘Food with Integrity’ campaign I came across this ongoing debate. The issues stemming from this topic involve struggling farmers, high prices of healthy/organic foods, labeling controversies, and the accusations of dangerous side effects of GMOs.

Don’t let the topic fool you- this paper has everything you could want. My white paper details the story of government corruption, corporate scare tactics, mass murder (well… mass murder of the monarch butterfly population), and a whole lot more.

CO2, Imports, or Ethyl Para Hydroxybenzonate…Any Takers?


My 60-second proposal to change the world is for all global citizens to increase the amount of local food they consume, while consequently decreasing consumption of processed/imported food.  I believe that the benefits of eating local are three-fold; environmental benefits, economic benefits, and health benefits.   Continue reading

Food with Integrity: How Chipotle maintained growth, improved values, and silenced the critics

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Founded in 1993, Chipotle Mexican Grill is a popular restaurant chain that operates based on a very apparent set of values. The organization believes the idea that the quality of ingredients is the most integral part of the equation in the restaurant/fast food business. After dealing with criticism for some of its sourcing policies in 2010 Chipotle redefined its mission and focused on developing best practices for food sourcing. This newfound importance placed on food sourcing is evident in the way that the company handles animals, people, and the environment. It’s ethical approach to the fast food business has been extremely effective and has created a competitive advantage that sets Chipotle Mexican Grill apart from the competition. The business successfully demonstrated that employing ethical practices does not necessarily have to detract from financial gains and customer base. The revamped strategy was a huge success and reaffirmed that Chipotle would intend to only serve food with integrity. Continue reading

White Paper Proposal #2- Proposition 37 and GMO labeling


To continue my research for my white paper I came to realize I may have to broaden my topic. While my first proposal focused very specifically on the societal benefits of organic/sustainable food sources, I have come to terms with the fact that I may need to branch out. While staying in conjunction with that original topic I believe it makes sense to slowly expand to the overarching issues of food production in our nation (which undoubtedly affects the entire world). For this week’s proposal I will focus on the government involvement with Proposition 37- a simple “right to know” initiative that requires food that is genetically engineered or contains genetically modified organisms to be labeled. Continue reading

White Paper Proposal 1 – Organic/Sustainable Food Sources

For my “White Paper” I wanted to focus on a topic that I personally feel does not get sufficient attention from the media or society in general. I have decided to look into our nation’s policies on organic and sustainable food sources. The term “organic” is used to describe food or other agricultural products that are produced following a set of approved guidelines in an attempt to promote ecological balance and conserve biodiversity. Organic food and beverage production is growing and many social movements have been introduced to promote sustainable food practices. There is a direct correlation between organic label products and a reduction in childhood obesity and diabetes. Continue reading