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Chipotle Mexican Grill Donates To Farm Aid

On Wednesday, Chipotle Mexican Grill will donate proceeds from sales of items made with naturally raised pork, beef, and chicken to Farm Aid, a nonprofit organization that supports and promotes family farming and sustainable agriculture. Chipotle will contribute up to $50,000 to Farm Aid.

Chipotle began its quest to serve better food in 2000, when it became the first restaurant chain to buy only naturally raised pork--pork that comes from pigs that are raised in a humane way, on open pastures or in deeply bedded barns; that are never given antibiotics or added hormones; and fed a pure vegetarian diet--from a network of family owned farms.

Chipotle now serves more naturally raised meat than any restaurant in the world, including 100% of its pork, more than 70% of its chicken, and nearly half of its beef.

In addition to naturally raised meats, Chipotle has begun sourcing organic beans (about 25 percent of all of the beans it buys this year will be organically grown) and using dairy products that are free of the synthetic hormone rBGH.