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

MaryJo Bibby
Lindsey Caudill
Barbara Buehl
Linda McCaughey
Mia Utzinger
susan vanmeter
Jared Noyes
Laura Swift
Lance Lindeman
Mary Heath
james peterson
L. Gerjets
Holly West
Nathaniel Kitzmann
Stephanie Schindler
Robert P
Monique Tonet
Dawn Rubbert
Magical Marty
Vince Mendieta
Valerie Hollis
Rebecca Bischoff
mary Richardson
Luca La Rosa
Eddie Bissell
Russell Scott
ralph larock
Amy Bond
Mikail Barron
899 signatures

Will you sign?

  • MaryJo Bibby
    signed 2016-02-25 11:51:45 -0600
  • Lindsey Caudill
    signed 2016-02-25 10:59:15 -0600
  • Barbara Buehl
    signed 2016-02-25 10:52:01 -0600
  • Linda McCaughey
    signed 2016-02-25 10:43:13 -0600
  • Mia Utzinger
    signed 2016-02-11 07:22:15 -0600
  • susan vanmeter
    signed 2016-02-10 18:06:59 -0600
  • Jared Noyes
    signed 2016-01-03 20:05:12 -0600
  • Laura Swift
    signed 2016-01-01 07:55:52 -0600
  • Lance Lindeman
    signed 2015-12-24 10:24:39 -0600
  • Mary Heath
    signed 2015-12-09 09:57:04 -0600
  • james peterson
    signed 2015-11-20 09:54:56 -0600
  • L. Gerjets
    signed 2015-11-10 12:03:38 -0600
  • Holly West
    signed 2015-11-09 17:01:04 -0600
  • Nathaniel Kitzmann
    signed 2015-11-04 14:57:48 -0600
  • Lilly Frick
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-10-30 08:56:41 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Stephanie Schindler
    signed 2015-10-29 15:57:42 -0500
  • Robert P
    signed 2015-10-25 16:06:27 -0500
  • Monique Tonet
    signed 2015-10-24 14:13:49 -0500
  • Dawn Rubbert
    signed 2015-10-24 03:09:34 -0500
  • Magical Marty
    signed 2015-10-23 14:39:30 -0500
  • Vince Mendieta
    signed 2015-10-22 23:51:14 -0500
  • Valerie Hollis
    signed 2015-10-22 20:09:49 -0500
  • Rebecca Bischoff
    signed 2015-10-22 17:18:06 -0500
  • mary Richardson
    signed 2015-10-22 15:56:54 -0500
  • Luca La Rosa
    signed 2015-10-22 15:31:11 -0500
  • Eddie Bissell
    signed 2015-10-22 15:29:10 -0500
  • Russell Scott
    signed 2015-10-22 15:19:56 -0500
  • ralph larock
    signed 2015-10-21 20:42:42 -0500
  • Amy Bond
    signed 2015-10-20 15:41:15 -0500
  • Mikail Barron
    signed 2015-10-19 05:44:52 -0500

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