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

Cynthia Lebuda
Phyllis Anderson
Katie Roth
Paul Mabee
Sarah Burtis
Stephanie Outzen
robert l dobos
heather aboud
ruth mueller
Molly Fjetland
Erica Bartolini
Mary Ann Smelley
Patrick Burke
Heather Youngman
Nita Schwantes
Debra Raymond
Kelly Miller
Sam Baldwin
Denny Hleucka
Rick Posten
April Gawboy
Victoria Bj
Patricia Tarantini
Douglas Schieder
Karel Geluk
Megan Herzog
Tanya Beauchamp
899 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Cynthia Lebuda
    signed 2016-10-11 14:33:29 -0500
  • Phyllis Anderson
    signed 2016-10-11 02:12:25 -0500
  • Katie Roth
    signed 2016-10-10 17:04:02 -0500
  • Paul Mabee
    signed 2016-10-10 09:08:05 -0500
  • Sarah Burtis
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-10 02:16:21 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Sarah Burtis
    signed 2016-10-10 02:15:55 -0500
  • Stephanie Outzen
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-09 22:21:42 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Stephanie Outzen
    signed 2016-10-09 22:21:15 -0500
  • robert l dobos
    signed 2016-10-09 22:09:54 -0500
  • heather aboud
    signed 2016-10-09 19:39:54 -0500
  • ruth mueller
    signed 2016-10-09 18:32:26 -0500
  • Molly Fjetland
    signed 2016-10-09 18:26:59 -0500
  • Erica Bartolini
    signed 2016-10-09 17:58:15 -0500
  • Mary Ann Smelley
    signed 2016-10-09 17:29:19 -0500
  • Patrick Burke
    signed 2016-10-09 17:02:56 -0500
  • Heather Youngman
    signed 2016-10-09 16:55:12 -0500
  • Nita Schwantes
    signed 2016-10-09 16:32:19 -0500
  • Debra Raymond
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-09 16:31:43 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Debra Raymond
    signed 2016-10-09 16:31:24 -0500
  • Kelly Miller
    signed 2016-10-09 16:23:20 -0500
  • Sam Baldwin
    signed 2016-10-09 14:29:25 -0500
  • Denny Hleucka
    signed 2016-10-09 02:16:16 -0500
  • Rick Posten
    signed 2016-10-08 23:21:07 -0500
  • April Gawboy
    signed 2016-10-08 20:18:24 -0500
  • Victoria Bj
    signed 2016-10-08 16:58:34 -0500
  • Patricia Tarantini
    signed 2016-10-08 16:51:24 -0500
  • Douglas Schieder
    signed 2016-10-08 16:42:46 -0500
  • Karel Geluk
    signed 2016-10-08 14:55:22 -0500
  • Megan Herzog
    signed 2016-10-08 14:21:58 -0500
  • Tanya Beauchamp
    signed 2016-10-08 14:12:08 -0500

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