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

emma rose
Shawna Walters
Barbara Prokop
Richard Gillaspie
Jody Peterson
Bob Haugen
Laurentia McIntosh
Kieron Williams
Joyce Christensen
Caterina Luppa
Michael Tauber
John McIntosh
Margaret Mason
Janna Meline
Shelley Dahl
sue wagner
Kelly Wong
Judith Petty
Toni M Vaughn
Dr. Gary Poteet
Dr. Lorrie Poteet
Christie Anderson
Mary Ann Baier
Josiah Kohlmeyer
Micaela Fierro
Deepa Seralathan
Cindy Eby
Cynthia Lebuda
898 signatures

Will you sign?

  • 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!
  • emma rose
    signed 2017-03-04 19:04:17 -0600
  • Shawna Walters
    signed 2017-02-16 12:31:52 -0600
  • Barbara Prokop
    signed 2017-01-30 14:43:46 -0600
  • Richard Gillaspie
    signed 2017-01-24 18:00:40 -0600
  • Jody Peterson
    signed 2017-01-23 20:11:19 -0600
  • Bob Haugen
    signed 2017-01-23 10:02:36 -0600
  • Laurentia McIntosh
    signed 2017-01-04 11:32:53 -0600
  • Kieron Williams
    signed 2017-01-03 18:02:21 -0600
  • Joyce Christensen
    signed 2016-12-21 15:25:48 -0600
  • Caterina Luppa
    signed 2016-11-23 07:10:03 -0600
  • Michael Tauber
    signed 2016-11-10 21:22:45 -0600
  • John McIntosh
    signed 2016-11-05 10:00:14 -0500
  • Margaret Mason
    signed 2016-11-05 09:12:12 -0500
  • Janna Meline
    signed 2016-11-02 00:19:25 -0500
  • Shelley Dahl
    signed 2016-10-29 12:15:52 -0500
  • sue wagner
    signed 2016-10-29 06:54:44 -0500
  • Kelly Wong
    signed 2016-10-28 21:37:58 -0500
  • Judith Petty
    signed 2016-10-28 21:08:18 -0500
  • Toni M Vaughn
    signed 2016-10-28 19:30:48 -0500
  • Dr. Gary Poteet
    signed 2016-10-28 16:02:47 -0500
  • Dr. Lorrie Poteet
    signed 2016-10-28 15:58:49 -0500
  • Christie Anderson
    signed 2016-10-28 15:49:37 -0500
  • Mary Ann Baier
    signed 2016-10-28 15:16:37 -0500
  • Josiah Kohlmeyer
    signed 2016-10-16 23:41:03 -0500
  • Micaela Fierro
    signed 2016-10-15 04:51:32 -0500
  • Adriana Alvillar Uribe
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-13 12:49:55 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Deepa Seralathan
    signed 2016-10-12 15:30:16 -0500
  • Cindy Eby
    signed 2016-10-12 08:33:29 -0500
  • Cynthia Lebuda
    signed 2016-10-11 14:33:29 -0500

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