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Happy cows: Chipotle to use dairy products from outdoor cattle

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Earlier this year, popular chain restaurant Chipotle Mexican Grill made a splash in media, music and environmental circles with “Back to Start,” a 2-minute short animated film promoting sustainable farming featuring Willie Nelson performing a cover of Coldplay song, “The Scientist.” After being showcased during the televised broadcast of the Grammy Awards in February, the clip went on to win the top award at the 2012 International ANDY Awards, a prestigious advertising recognition.

Continuing on that path towards more sustainable corporate practices, Chipotle announced this week a commitment to use dairy products made from the milk of pasture-raised dairy cows. Starting this month, 100 percent of the sour cream served in Chipotle restaurants will come from such pasture-raised cattle, which will be fed vegetarian, plant-based diets and never be given antibiotics or hormones, including recombinant bovine growth hormone. 65 percent of Chipotle’s cheese will meet the same standards.