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

betty sawyers
Elizabeth Hebron
Rachel Frank
Natty Zavaleta
Enisa Gibson
Carol Roark
Alyssa Longmire
May Robertson
Andrea Hart
Ashlee Armstrong
Anitha Jaddu
Kristina Ospalski
Amanda Grainger
Ruth Bright
Vivian S. Valtri Burgess
Jason Walt
Jeff Kravitz
Roxanne Neilson
Michael Alexander
Dr. James Young
Angelica Reimold
Valerie Barnett
Joan Draughn
Noi Helmick
Daniel Sprouse
899 signatures

Will you sign?

  • betty sawyers
    signed 2016-10-05 18:50:43 -0500
  • Elizabeth Hebron
    signed 2016-10-05 18:40:25 -0500
  • Rachel Frank
    signed 2016-10-05 18:40:11 -0500
  • Natty Zavaleta
    signed 2016-10-05 18:31:09 -0500
  • Enisa Gibson
    signed 2016-10-05 18:25:18 -0500
  • Carol Roark
    signed 2016-10-05 17:54:30 -0500
  • Alyssa Longmire
    signed 2016-10-05 17:43:55 -0500
  • May Robertson
    signed 2016-10-05 17:37:22 -0500
  • Andrea Hart
    signed 2016-10-05 17:35:50 -0500
  • Ashlee Armstrong
    signed 2016-10-05 17:33:15 -0500
  • Anitha Jaddu
    signed 2016-10-05 17:31:38 -0500
  • Kristina Ospalski
    signed 2016-10-05 17:24:18 -0500
  • Michele Lotzer-Smith
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-05 17:22:01 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Amanda Grainger
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-05 17:07:58 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Amanda Grainger
    signed 2016-10-05 17:07:17 -0500
  • Ruth Bright
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-05 16:34:29 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Ruth Bright
    signed 2016-10-05 16:34:10 -0500
  • Vivian S. Valtri Burgess
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-05 15:28:13 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Vivian S. Valtri Burgess
    signed 2016-10-05 15:27:55 -0500
  • Jason Walt
    signed 2016-10-05 14:47:31 -0500
  • Jeff Kravitz
    signed 2016-10-05 14:24:46 -0500
  • Roxanne Neilson
    signed 2016-10-05 14:22:23 -0500
  • Michael Alexander
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-05 14:04:48 -0500
    McD's can raise standards for potato producers to protect local communities from toxic pesticides. Sign the petition!
  • Michael Alexander
    signed 2016-10-05 13:59:24 -0500
  • Dr. James Young
    signed 2016-10-05 13:54:51 -0500
  • Angelica Reimold
    signed 2016-10-05 13:35:46 -0500
  • Valerie Barnett
    signed 2016-10-05 13:30:20 -0500
  • Joan Draughn
    signed 2016-10-05 13:09:36 -0500
  • Noi Helmick
    signed 2016-10-05 12:43:47 -0500
  • Daniel Sprouse
    signed 2016-10-05 12:29:04 -0500

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