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

Jesse Stayton
Patricia McQuaid
Steve Nordin
Sylvain Picker
Shannon Darsow
Katrin Grosch
Sharon Demarte
Leanne Segersin
connie wright
stan perry
michelle tchaghatzbanian
Jessica ehrnst
Bette Pfender
Ashley Little
blanche wilcox
Maureen Kerr
John Badger
joan diamond
Cynthia Norris
Andrew J. Glickman
Brian Rothgery
Jan Michaletz
Kate Lange
Annette Price
John Neumeister
Mountain Bear Dudley
Heather Sabian
899 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Jesse Stayton
    signed 2015-05-21 23:37:58 -0500
  • Kathryn Pegors
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-05-21 23:18:06 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Patricia McQuaid
    signed 2015-05-21 21:08:45 -0500
  • Steve Nordin
    signed 2015-05-21 20:37:30 -0500
  • Sylvain Picker
    signed 2015-05-21 20:27:09 -0500
  • Shannon Darsow
    signed 2015-05-21 20:13:05 -0500
  • Katrin Grosch
    signed 2015-05-21 19:56:07 -0500
  • Sharon Demarte
    signed 2015-05-21 19:53:38 -0500
  • Leanne Segersin
    signed 2015-05-21 19:35:09 -0500
  • connie wright
    signed 2015-05-21 18:50:05 -0500
  • stan perry
    signed 2015-05-21 17:03:34 -0500
  • michelle tchaghatzbanian
    signed 2015-05-21 16:15:18 -0500
  • Jessica ehrnst
    signed 2015-05-21 15:31:09 -0500
  • Bette Pfender
    signed 2015-05-21 15:26:49 -0500
  • Ashley Little
    signed 2015-05-21 14:46:52 -0500
  • blanche wilcox
    signed 2015-05-21 14:37:05 -0500
  • Maureen Kerr
    signed 2015-05-21 14:28:23 -0500
  • John Badger
    signed 2015-05-21 14:19:00 -0500
  • joan diamond
    signed 2015-05-21 13:59:07 -0500
  • Cynthia Norris
    signed 2015-05-21 13:32:44 -0500
  • Andrew J. Glickman
    signed via 2015-05-21 13:30:56 -0500
  • Brian Rothgery
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-05-21 13:28:28 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Brian Rothgery
    @diehipsterscum tweeted link to this page. 2015-05-21 13:28:24 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Brian Rothgery
    signed 2015-05-21 13:18:11 -0500
  • Jan Michaletz
    signed 2015-05-21 12:43:51 -0500
  • Kate Lange
    signed 2015-05-21 12:34:55 -0500
  • Annette Price
    signed 2015-05-21 12:19:43 -0500
  • John Neumeister
    signed 2015-05-21 11:48:30 -0500
  • Mountain Bear Dudley
    signed 2015-05-21 11:44:30 -0500
  • Heather Sabian
    signed 2015-05-21 11:23:26 -0500

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