McDonald's: No More Toxic Taters!

McDonald's claims that their potatoes are produced sustainably, but rural residents in central Minnesota know differently: pesticide drift from potato fields is a major problem. Hazardous pesticides applied to McDonald's potatoes may cause chronic health problems, damage nearby crops and livestock, and disrupt local ecosystems. Tell McDonald's to do the right thing and transition to truly sustainable potato production.

Note: In 2014, we delivered this petition to McDonald's with more than 20,000 signatures. With our new website we're restarting the petition. When you add your name here, you're joining more than 20,000 people who have already called on McDonald's to cut potato pesticides!


 

To: Steve Easterbrook, CEO, McDonald's 
From: [Your Name]

As the largest purchaser of potatoes in the United States, McDonald’s has incredible influence over the way potatoes are produced. You recognized this opportunity in 2009 when McDonald’s pledged to reduce the application of pesticides used by your potato suppliers.

We know that farmers across the country are growing potatoes with cutting edge practices that avoid the use of health-harmful pesticides. Unfortunately, McDonald’s is still sourcing potatoes from companies like RDO that frequently use drift-prone and health-hazardous chemicals.

RDO’s application of pesticides is drifting into rural communities. Communities in rural Minnesota have measured the fungicide chlorothalonil and other pesticides drifting into their homes, farms, schools, and businesses.

French fries are delicious, but they shouldn’t come at such a cost. You have the power to make a difference for these communities. We urge you to make the following changes:

  1. McDonald’s makes its potato producers — like RDO — achieve measurable and significant decrease in their use of health-harming pesticides.
  2. McDonald’s sets a standard requiring their potato producers to release information on the chemicals they apply to their crops.
  3. McDonald’s funds an independently-conducted human and ecological health study on the regions impacted by potato production.
  4. McDonald’s insist potato producers adopt environmentally sound sustainable agriculture practices.

Who's signing

Cindi Thone
Marilyn Hallihan
Veronica Vahsen
Mark Lassler
carolyn selm
Pat Hanbury
Linda Eberhard
Bobby-Jo Resendes
Sandra Halling
Jesse Okie
Angela Anderson
Doug Gibson
Laura Koeninger
Marybeth Gardam
Nancy Price
Greg Larson
Kimberly Carignan
Rachel Rose
Nanette Oggiono
sandy mcnamee
Karen Wilkening
Karen Peper
James Kambeitz
Cindy Risvold
DeeAnn Stenlund
Terry Pavletic
nancy conger
Joanna K.
Susan Walp
894 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Cindi Thone
    signed 2018-08-31 21:47:23 -0500
  • Marilyn Hallihan
    signed 2018-01-14 14:39:19 -0600
  • Veronica Vahsen
    signed via 2018-01-05 05:58:16 -0600
  • Mark Lassler
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-01-05 00:00:54 -0600
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Mark Lassler
    signed 2018-01-05 00:00:25 -0600
  • carolyn selm
    signed 2018-01-02 12:09:38 -0600
  • Pat Hanbury
    signed 2018-01-02 10:37:52 -0600
  • Linda Eberhard
    signed 2018-01-02 10:06:48 -0600
  • Bobby-Jo Resendes
    signed 2018-01-02 09:59:43 -0600
  • Sandra Halling
    signed 2017-11-04 16:22:22 -0500
  • Jesse Okie
    signed 2017-11-03 23:19:16 -0500
  • Angela Anderson
    signed 2017-11-03 19:33:16 -0500
  • Doug Gibson
    signed 2017-11-03 19:24:42 -0500
  • Laura Koeninger
    signed 2017-11-03 16:30:21 -0500
  • Marybeth Gardam
    signed 2017-08-16 15:56:43 -0500
  • Nancy Price
    signed 2017-08-16 14:48:15 -0500
  • Greg Larson
    signed 2017-06-02 08:46:16 -0500
  • Kimberly Carignan
    signed 2017-05-16 17:53:07 -0500
  • Rachel Rose
    signed 2017-05-16 16:50:21 -0500
  • Nanette Oggiono
    signed 2017-05-14 12:39:28 -0500
  • sandy mcnamee
    signed 2017-05-14 01:53:32 -0500
  • Karen Wilkening
    signed 2017-05-13 18:51:29 -0500
  • Karen Peper
    signed 2017-05-13 17:57:56 -0500
  • James Kambeitz
    signed 2017-05-13 14:59:45 -0500
  • Cindy Risvold
    signed 2017-05-12 20:59:48 -0500
  • DeeAnn Stenlund
    signed 2017-05-12 19:55:23 -0500
  • Terry Pavletic
    signed 2017-05-12 15:53:09 -0500
  • nancy conger
    signed 2017-05-12 15:48:36 -0500
  • Joanna K.
    signed 2017-05-12 13:50:14 -0500
  • Susan Walp
    signed 2017-05-12 12:46:10 -0500

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