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Our Student Advisory Board President, Ashley Ugarte, a rising senior at Rice University in Houston, TX, writes about her experience at Cultivate San Francisco, brought to us by Chipotle.
This past Saturday, I had the incredible opportunity to attend Chipotle’s 4th Annual Cultivate Festival – a first for me. Within seconds of setting foot inside the event, I was simply blown away. As a well-seasoned eco-foodie, I found myself oohing and ahhing at the glorious collection of non-gmo signs, farm-to-fork displays, and local/sustainable themed tents, purveyors and activities – not to mention an entire booth dedicated to guacamole!! I, along with Jenna, a fellow Teens Turning Green intern, began marveling at the genius behind this festival – while most events mix together insanely good food, music, and entertainment, Cultivate managed to utilize this same blend, but with a “responsible” twist. By mixing it up and featuring esteemed celeb chefs (my personal favorite), and inspiring interactive experiences, the festival successfully served a higher purpose, emphasizing a powerful message – fresh and affordable food can and should be made with integrity, “the best ingredients raised with respect for the animals, the environment, and the farmers ” – a testament to Chipotle’s mission, vision, and ethic. This is synonymous with the mission and vision of Teens Turning Green, as we strive to create a world where the next generation of global citizens are empowered and mobilized around conscious living.
Chipotle is truly revolutionizing the way people think about and eat fast food. As proven by Cultivate, paradigms can shift by simply presenting the imminent issues facing our current food system in a manner that’s digestible for the consumer – from vital topics such as animal welfare, GMOs, factory farming and the realities of processed foods – people will better understand (and accept) the importance of where their food comes, how it’s raised and how it gets prepared. We applaud you, Chipotle, for your support of the best world we can all achieve together (and amazing guacamole)!
Many Thanks + Much Love,