Christina Sarich: Organic, Non-GMO Fast Food Drive-Thrus? It Isn’t a Dream. It’s Happening

Photo credit: Christina Sarich, Natural Society, June 5, 2015

While McDonald’s stock sinks faster than a ten-ton truck as the fast food giant loses loads of cash, organic food brand Amy’s has just received approval to build one of the first non-GMO, organic, fast-food drive-thru’s right across the street from a dying mega-company’s golden arches.

The organic frozen food company you’ve seen in your grocery store, Amy’s is taking on the convenience food business in a big way, and just in time for a surging demand for organic foods from the American public.

The developers say the 4000 square foot restaurant replete with a living roof made of grass, rainwater collection, and solar panels – all reflecting the values of the company – should be open and ready for business in November of this year.

“It will be a pretty large statement there at the entrance to the Wilfred/Dowdell Specific Plan,” said Marilyn Ponton, director of development services, referring to the 250,000-square-foot commercial project in northwest Rohnert Park adjacent to the Graton Resort and Casino. “It’s very different. People will come to look at it.”

David Trachtenberg, the architect who designed the restaurant, said buildings with living roofs are becoming trendy. He states:

“It is a prototype for Amy’s, they are a plant-based company. They’re one of the world’s largest purveyors of organic, vegetarian food, so the idea of a green roof ties into the ethos of the company.”


This is super exciting, as fast food giants like McDonald’s continue to lose money month after month after decades of serving the public low quality junk. Adding to the excitement is the fast that demand for organic food has busted through its glass ceiling. Over 20,000 stores now offer organic food products. According to Nutrition Business Journal, organic food sales will reach a startling $35 billion this year. For those of us who don’t take our health for granted, this is just the beginning of a food revolution.

All of this news, along with the opening of this new organic restaurant, is a testament to the success the health movement has had on the nation and planet as a whole.

The Amy’s restaurant will open in Sonoma County, but you can write the company and tell them you would love to have one in your backyard, too.

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