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

Barb Ackerman
Joshua Phillips
sabine zordan
Maggie Roli
Amy Hufford
nicole cannon
Kerry Logan
Karen Obermiller
Evelyn McHugh
Hayley Kennedy
Daniel Spaeth
Thomas Hamby
Amalie Duvall
Phoenicia Altaire
alison martin
Doug Guthrie
Shelley Strohm
Kelly Gallagher
Jennifer Schleif
lindsey gilbertson
Sandra Muscle
Allison McClain
Claudia Fitzsimmons
Cherylynn Webster
Allison Lansberry
Nicki Roy
Donna Gray
899 signatures

Will you sign?

  • 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
  • nicole cannon
    signed 2016-10-06 08:45:03 -0500
  • Kerry Logan
    signed 2016-10-06 08:13:16 -0500
  • Karen Obermiller
    signed 2016-10-06 08:13:14 -0500
  • Evelyn McHugh
    signed 2016-10-06 07:54:03 -0500
  • Hayley Kennedy
    signed 2016-10-06 07:50:12 -0500
  • Daniel Spaeth
    signed 2016-10-06 07:42:40 -0500
  • Thomas Hamby
    signed 2016-10-06 07:28:29 -0500
  • Amalie Duvall
    signed 2016-10-06 07:22:17 -0500
  • Phoenicia Altaire
    signed 2016-10-06 06:12:47 -0500
  • alison martin
    signed 2016-10-06 03:23:49 -0500
  • Doug Guthrie
    signed 2016-10-06 03:14:03 -0500
  • Shelley Strohm
    signed 2016-10-06 01:07:21 -0500
  • Kelly Gallagher
    signed 2016-10-05 23:53:14 -0500
  • Jennifer Schleif
    signed 2016-10-05 22:41:47 -0500
  • lindsey gilbertson
    signed 2016-10-05 21:48:41 -0500
  • Sandra Muscle
    signed 2016-10-05 21:23:09 -0500
  • Allison McClain
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-05 21:17:09 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Allison McClain
    signed via 2016-10-05 21:16:45 -0500
  • Claudia Fitzsimmons
    signed 2016-10-05 20:52:01 -0500
  • Sakinnah UmmJabril
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-05 19:41:19 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Cherylynn Webster
    signed 2016-10-05 19:40:48 -0500
  • Allison Lansberry
    signed 2016-10-05 19:29:17 -0500
  • Nicki Roy
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-05 19:16:27 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Nicki Roy
    signed 2016-10-05 19:16:04 -0500
  • Donna Gray
    signed 2016-10-05 18:54:07 -0500

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