The Toxic Taters coalition started in 2005 and is made up of rural farmers and native community members of the White Earth Reservation. We have experienced negative health effects from pesticide drift. We have also seen health effects on animals, both domestic and wild. We have proven that our water has become polluted with high nitrate levels and are involved in various projects to help provide not only education and awareness of the issue, but empowering solutions such as advocating for sustainable farming practices.
Potato fields cover the landscape in central and northern Minnesota, stretching for miles in all directions. Nearly 50,000 acres of potatoes are planted in our state every year. Conventional potato production relies on pesticides that put the health of our communities at risk, and the people of Minnesota are calling for change.
McDonald’s: No More Toxic Taters!
Almost all of the potatoes grown in our area are produced by a company called RDO. RDO is the largest potato producer in the world, and one the major suppliers of the potatoes used for McDonald’s french fries. McDonald’s claims that they foster sustainable agriculture. But we live near their potatoes, and we know that their practices aren’t sustainable. Read our stories to learn more about how these potatoes are impacting our community.
Healthy Farms and Communities
We want to breathe clean air and drink clean water. We want the wildlife around us to thrive. We want the children in our area to be healthy, without pesticide drift taking its toll on their growing bodies. We want you to have food free from pesticide residue. We want to stand with people all around the world, in cities and in rural areas, to call for healthy food production.
We ask you to stand with us, whether you suffer from pesticide drift, want pesticide-free food or just care about the wildlife and environment. Visit our Take Action page to find out how you can get involved.