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

Jonathan Steinwand
Catherine McCoy
Jan Nunez
Daniel Reschke
Peter Russ
Cindy Koch
Deana Deitchler
deb svanefelt
Laura Polvino-Alamprese
Teresa Quinones
dan rynberg
Alyssa Oggiono
Barbara and Jim Dale
Linda Shinn
Marilyn Bengtson
Ollie Hoover
Jeff Helget
Jean Beinemann
Ola Fredriksson
t r
Mary Dicks
Pamela Haun
Betty Stewart
899 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Jonathan Steinwand
    signed 2015-10-06 08:23:12 -0500
  • Catherine McCoy
    signed 2015-10-06 08:23:06 -0500
  • Jan Nunez
    signed 2015-10-06 08:21:19 -0500
  • Daniel Reschke
    signed 2015-10-06 08:12:38 -0500
  • Peter Russ
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-10-06 07:53:18 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Peter Russ
    @FessorFrink tweeted link to this page. 2015-10-06 07:53:14 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition! http://www.toxictaters.org/petition?recruiter_id=1318
  • Peter Russ
    signed 2015-10-06 07:52:45 -0500
  • Cindy Koch
    signed 2015-10-06 07:42:38 -0500
  • Deana Deitchler
    signed 2015-10-06 07:34:05 -0500
  • deb svanefelt
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-10-06 07:28:39 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • deb svanefelt
    signed 2015-10-06 07:28:12 -0500
  • Laura Polvino-Alamprese
    signed 2015-10-06 07:25:17 -0500
  • Teresa Quinones
    signed 2015-10-06 07:25:15 -0500
  • dan rynberg
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-10-06 07:23:58 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • dan rynberg
    @drynberg tweeted link to this page. 2015-10-06 07:23:55 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition! http://www.toxictaters.org/petition?recruiter_id=449
  • dan rynberg
    signed 2015-10-06 07:23:17 -0500
  • Alyssa Oggiono
    signed 2015-10-06 07:22:30 -0500
  • elaine g
    @racygirl tweeted link to this page. 2015-10-06 06:55:07 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition! http://www.toxictaters.org/petition?recruiter_id=3349
  • Barbara and Jim Dale
    signed 2015-10-06 06:48:59 -0500
  • Linda Shinn
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-10-06 06:44:38 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Linda Shinn
    signed 2015-10-06 06:44:21 -0500
  • Marilyn Bengtson
    signed 2015-10-06 06:37:53 -0500
  • Ollie Hoover
    signed 2015-10-06 06:37:39 -0500
  • Jeff Helget
    signed 2015-10-06 06:27:59 -0500
  • Jean Beinemann
    signed 2015-10-06 06:22:58 -0500
  • Ola Fredriksson
    signed 2015-10-06 06:14:42 -0500
  • t r
    signed 2015-10-06 06:14:33 -0500
  • Mary Dicks
    signed 2015-10-06 06:07:31 -0500
  • Pamela Haun
    signed 2015-10-06 06:05:31 -0500
  • Betty Stewart
    signed 2015-10-06 06:05:11 -0500

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