No good deed goes unpunished. This summer, Chipotle sponsored 32 free screenings across the country of Food, Inc., the documentary that's more frightening than any Friday the 13th movie.
As thanks, this morning activists will deliver petitions with 16,000 signatures to Chipotle's headquarters in LoDo, calling on the homegrown chain to live up to its claims of "Food with Integrity" and to work with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. In June, two dozen food advocates signed an open letter to Chipotle describing the "CIW's struggle for dignity as a non-negotiable part of the struggle for a sustainable food system" and asking the company to sign an agreement with the CIW to improve harvesters' wages and working conditions. Among those signing were Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser, director and co-producer, respectively, of Food, Inc.
"I like the food at Chipotle," Eric Schlosser told Grist.org at the time. "I think their efforts on behalf of sustainability, animal welfare, and the misuse of antibiotics are terrific. But I care more about human rights than any of those things. If Taco Bell, Subway, Burger King, and McDonald's can reach agreement with the CIW, I don't see why Chipotle can't."
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