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

Joanna K.
Susan Walp
Bob Cramer
Robin Kory
Anne Ness
Margaret Mogg
Dean Borgeson
Margaret Gallagher
Susan Burt
Alan Schwartz
Rhonda Peters
Liesl Okuda
Richard Fish
Joyce Gaby
kathy antle
Rosemary Welch
Melinda Suelflow
Ben Willenbring
Rosemarie Correia
Betty Fischer
Judith Moore
Richard theusch
Katelyn Cotton
Rivka Freeman
Rita Johnson
Nathaniel Collins
Joanne Pounds
897 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Joanna K.
    signed 2017-05-12 13:50:14 -0500
  • Susan Walp
    signed 2017-05-12 12:46:10 -0500
  • Bob Cramer
    signed 2017-05-12 12:36:35 -0500
  • Robin Kory
    signed 2017-05-12 11:08:43 -0500
  • Anne Ness
    signed 2017-05-12 11:00:08 -0500
  • Margaret Mogg
    signed 2017-05-12 10:47:05 -0500
  • Dean Borgeson
    signed 2017-05-12 10:29:26 -0500
  • Margaret Gallagher
    signed 2017-05-12 10:25:59 -0500
  • Susan Burt
    signed 2017-05-12 10:12:07 -0500
  • Alan Schwartz
    signed 2017-05-12 09:45:02 -0500
  • Rhonda Peters
    signed 2017-05-12 09:37:50 -0500
  • Liesl Okuda
    signed 2017-05-12 09:33:28 -0500
  • Richard Fish
    signed 2017-05-12 08:46:45 -0500
  • Robert Eggers
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-12 08:11:03 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Joyce Gaby
    signed 2017-05-12 08:09:50 -0500
  • kathy antle
    signed 2017-05-11 17:24:25 -0500
  • Rosemary Welch
    signed 2017-05-10 15:40:16 -0500
  • Melinda Suelflow
    signed 2017-05-10 12:15:03 -0500
  • Ben Willenbring
    signed 2017-05-10 12:11:18 -0500
  • Rosemarie Correia
    signed 2017-05-05 04:46:50 -0500
  • Betty Fischer
    signed 2017-05-04 16:25:22 -0500
  • Judith Moore
    signed 2017-05-04 15:12:02 -0500
  • Richard theusch
    signed 2017-05-03 20:16:48 -0500
  • Katelyn Cotton
    signed 2017-04-20 12:47:00 -0500
  • Rivka Freeman
    signed 2017-04-13 10:11:01 -0500
  • Rita Johnson
    signed 2017-04-10 15:21:22 -0500
  • Nate Collins
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-04-08 09:40:44 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Nathaniel Collins
    signed 2017-04-08 09:40:16 -0500
  • Joanne Pounds
    signed 2017-03-15 06:33:53 -0500
  • Joanne Pounds
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-03-15 06:32:26 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!

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