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

Amber Ray
Randy Hibdon
Helen Podkanowicz
Pamela Owen
samantha johnson
Ivan Markovina
Lacy Tooker-Kirkevold
Ingrid Bezama
S Carr
Christina Briones
Amy Redei
Claire D
Teresa Timlin
Sonja Rowland
Molly Hale
joseph tippett
Ariel Gomez
Eleanor Roggenkamp
Ronald Smith
Kellee Beaudry
Barb Ackerman
Joshua Phillips
sabine zordan
Maggie Roli
Amy Hufford
893 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Amber Ray
    signed 2016-10-06 21:49:16 -0500
  • Randy Hibdon
    signed 2016-10-06 21:31:32 -0500
  • Helen Podkanowicz
    signed 2016-10-06 20:20:41 -0500
  • Pamela Owen
    signed 2016-10-06 18:02:56 -0500
  • samantha johnson
    signed 2016-10-06 17:59:39 -0500
  • Ivan Markovina
    signed 2016-10-06 17:55:06 -0500
  • Lacy Tooker-Kirkevold
    signed 2016-10-06 16:59:59 -0500
  • Ingrid Bezama
    signed 2016-10-06 16:47:54 -0500
  • S Carr
    signed 2016-10-06 16:39:11 -0500
  • Christina Briones
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-06 15:59:06 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Christina Briones
    signed 2016-10-06 15:58:06 -0500
  • Amy Redei
    signed 2016-10-06 15:19:36 -0500
  • Claire D
    signed 2016-10-06 15:11:53 -0500
  • Teresa Timlin
    signed 2016-10-06 13:55:39 -0500
  • Sonja Rowland
    signed 2016-10-06 13:44:00 -0500
  • Molly Hale
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-06 13:14:37 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Molly Hale
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-06 13:14:35 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Molly Hale
    signed 2016-10-06 13:14:18 -0500
  • joseph tippett
    signed 2016-10-06 13:06:29 -0500
  • Ariel Gomez
    signed 2016-10-06 12:10:40 -0500
  • Eleanor Roggenkamp
    signed 2016-10-06 11:23:50 -0500
  • Ronald Smith
    signed 2016-10-06 11:23:34 -0500
  • Kellee Beaudry
    signed 2016-10-06 11:16:49 -0500
  • Barb Ackerman
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-06 11:15:25 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Barb Ackerman
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-06 11:15:21 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Barb Ackerman
    signed 2016-10-06 11:15:05 -0500
  • Joshua Phillips
    signed 2016-10-06 11:07:50 -0500
  • sabine zordan
    signed 2016-10-06 10:25:16 -0500
  • Maggie Roli
    signed 2016-10-06 09:47:49 -0500
  • Amy Hufford
    signed 2016-10-06 08:50:10 -0500

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