“Farmed and Dangerous” — Chipotle Strikes Again

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Chipotle Mexican Grill has launched a trailer for its four-part television series coming out in February. Branded as a satirical comedy, the series is an interesting (and extremely controversial) attempt at Hollywood-style advertising, boasting a scripted plot and professional directing.

The show is a negative campaign aimed at conventional farming practices and revolves around the petroleum-based, “PetroPellet,” produced by “Animoil” to help producers maximize profitability — that’s all they’re interested in, right?

The satire crosses the line, not in its ludicrous ideas (yeah, a cow explodes after eating the pellets at the start of the series), but in the way it presents itself online. Besides having a website devoted to the show, “Farmed and Dangerous,” there also happens to be a website copyrighted by “Animoil Global,” which defines “PetroPellets” as a “high-efficiency, low-cost livestock nutrition system from Animoil Global.”

Developing a satirical website that is only indirectly identified as such is a dangerous proposition, begging for reference and misunderstanding

“Derived from all-natural petroleum,” the website reads, “PetroPellet® products deliver the caloric requirements your livestock need at a price you will love. By ignoring unnecessary distractions like taste, texture, and effect on temperament, we have devoted every ounce of PetroPellet®products to delivering vital caloric energy to your valued meat-generating assets.”

Developing a satirical website that is only indirectly identified as such is a dangerous proposition, begging for reference and misunderstanding. Whether such consequences are the fault of an overconfident developer or an ignorant viewer is hardly worthy of debate. We’re all fools.

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Still, there’s nothing like the hypocrisy of criticizing an industry for profit-motivated decisions by way of an advertising campaign. And at $250,000/episode (according to the New York Times), the move isn’t slight, as Chipotle continues its mudslinging quest for attention.


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Debra Murphy

Debra Murphy is a Field Editor based out of central Alberta, where she never misses a moment to capture with her camera the real beauty of agriculture. Follow her on Twitter @RealAg_Debra

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Scott Gillespie

Unbelievable. Guess we need more people like the Peterson Brothers telling the cattle story.

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Shaun Haney

Its not that we need everyone to speak up about agriculture but we do need a few more.

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Sarah [NurseLovesFarmer.com]

I’m really hoping that anyone who watches these shows will be smart enough to understand that Chipotle is *trying* to be “funny”, yet it all boils down to spreading more fear and misinformation. Shame.

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Rick

Trying to be funny?? I doubt that it’s any funnier than their previous offerings (but of course I don’t know because we can’t see it here in Canada) and I suspect it will be no less believable. I do hope the agricultural community can muster better representation then the Petersons. While they are doubtless cute their presentation has as little substance as the song they parody.

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