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

Maria Greenwalh
Heather Cassidy
Karie Bleen
Jeremy Arthur
Cynthia Peterson
Louis Lemieux
Tracey Hepola
Michelle Dupont
Heather Salden
Laurie Miller
Alicia Jones
Mary Mitchell
Jennifer Morris
Debra Erickson
Tammy Huff
Daniel Shively
Ron Saeger
Anthony Rosner
Karen McLaughlin
Adam Heckathorn
Lian Markovich
Salem Hayar
bryan carr
Terry Lydell
John Finazzo
Karen Armstrong
Diana Koehler
899 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Maria Greenwalh
    signed 2015-07-28 16:26:40 -0500
  • Heather Cassidy
    signed 2015-07-28 16:24:09 -0500
  • Karie Bleen
    signed 2015-07-28 16:22:23 -0500
  • Jeremy Arthur
    signed 2015-07-28 16:19:25 -0500
  • Cynthia Peterson
    signed 2015-07-22 16:03:01 -0500
  • Louis Lemieux
    signed 2015-07-16 17:33:32 -0500
  • Tracey Hepola
    signed 2015-07-10 06:56:10 -0500
  • Michelle Dupont
    signed 2015-07-09 19:38:52 -0500
  • Heather Salden
    signed 2015-07-09 15:37:11 -0500
  • Laurie Miller
    signed 2015-07-09 14:17:07 -0500
  • Alicia Jones
    signed 2015-07-09 12:53:21 -0500
  • Mary Mitchell
    signed 2015-07-09 10:41:23 -0500
  • Jennifer Morris
    signed 2015-06-28 10:19:31 -0500
  • Debra Erickson
    signed 2015-06-10 14:13:31 -0500
  • Tammy Pierce Huff
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-06-10 10:34:37 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Tammy Huff
    signed 2015-06-10 10:33:48 -0500
  • Daniel Shively
    signed 2015-06-09 09:08:25 -0500
  • Ron Saeger
    signed 2015-06-09 00:20:34 -0500
  • Anthony Rosner
    signed 2015-06-08 19:53:31 -0500
  • Karen McLaughlin
    signed 2015-06-08 16:37:26 -0500
  • Adam Heckathorn
    signed 2015-06-04 07:59:43 -0500
  • Lian Markovich
    signed via 2015-06-02 22:40:58 -0500
  • Salem Hayar
    signed 2015-06-01 00:24:36 -0500
  • bryan
    @DeebsDad tweeted link to this page. 2015-05-29 14:20:26 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • bryan carr
    signed 2015-05-29 14:20:01 -0500
  • Terry Lydell
    signed 2015-05-22 19:42:49 -0500
  • Russell Scott
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-05-22 13:38:00 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • John Finazzo
    signed 2015-05-22 09:47:29 -0500
  • Karen Armstrong
    signed 2015-05-22 08:05:09 -0500
  • Diana Koehler
    signed 2015-05-22 07:44:02 -0500

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