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

Paullie Putdy
Mike Greene
Megan List
Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace
Bernis Eliason
Debra Houston
Kathleen Drummond-Brodbeck
Michelle Gobely
Dean Hulse
Chuck Visher
Keith Allison
Lynnette Larsen
Penny Anstey
Anne Knoll
Heidi Neuer
Tess Galvin
Holly Garland
Sharon Winner-Glock
Barbara Kaufman
Jacqueline Hadfield
Amy Van  Steenwyk
Sarah Santos
Susan Chandler
Joanie Thomas
Sarah Beth Stadler
899 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Paullie Putdy
    signed 2016-09-08 11:54:26 -0500
  • Mike Greene
    signed 2016-08-23 16:49:38 -0500
  • Megan List
    signed 2016-07-18 14:45:05 -0500
  • Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace
    signed 2016-07-16 16:05:16 -0500
  • Bernis Eliason
    signed 2016-07-13 08:59:43 -0500
  • Debra Houston
    signed 2016-07-13 08:58:56 -0500
  • Kathleen Drummond-Brodbeck
    signed 2016-07-12 17:55:35 -0500
  • Michelle Gobely
    signed 2016-07-12 14:58:07 -0500
  • Dean Hulse
    signed 2016-07-12 08:39:19 -0500
  • Chuck Visher
    signed 2016-07-12 08:08:03 -0500
  • Keith Allison
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-07-12 06:31:11 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Keith Allison
    signed 2016-07-12 06:30:47 -0500
  • Lynnette Larsen
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-07-12 04:15:26 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Lynnette Larsen
    signed 2016-07-12 04:15:01 -0500
  • Penny Anstey
    signed 2016-07-12 01:38:39 -0500
  • Anne Knoll
    signed 2016-07-11 23:38:21 -0500
  • Heidi Neuer
    signed 2016-07-11 22:27:06 -0500
  • Tess Galvin
    signed 2016-07-11 21:53:45 -0500
  • Holly Garland
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-07-11 21:27:51 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Holly Garland
    signed 2016-07-11 21:27:30 -0500
  • Sharon Winner-Glock
    signed 2016-07-11 20:35:06 -0500
  • Barbara Kaufman
    signed 2016-07-11 20:30:20 -0500
  • Mike Hadfield
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-06-24 05:56:39 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Jacqueline Hadfield
    signed 2016-06-24 05:55:33 -0500
  • Amy Van  Steenwyk
    signed 2016-05-12 23:33:35 -0500
  • Sarah Santos
    signed 2016-03-10 16:44:14 -0600
  • Susan Chandler
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-03-05 12:33:42 -0600
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Susan Chandler
    signed 2016-03-05 12:32:40 -0600
  • Joanie Thomas
    signed 2016-02-27 21:19:52 -0600
  • Sarah Beth Stadler
    signed 2016-02-25 13:52:17 -0600

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