Thousands of acres of land in northwestern Minnesota are sprayed with toxic chemicals every year to grow potatoes for McDonald’s French fries. These harmful chemicals — some of which are carcinogens — drift into neighboring homes, schools and farms, harming the health of community members and contaminating water supplies that we all depend on.
In 2009, McDonald's promised to work with their suppliers — including corporate giant R.D. Offutt — to cut pesticide use on their potatoes. But six years later, nothing has changed.
This Tuesday, Oct. 6, join Land Stewardship Project ally Toxic Taters for a National Day of Action to hold McDonald's accountable to this promise, and raise your voice against the sacrifice of our health and the land for corporate profits.
1. Come to a rally at McDonald's in your area:
- Brainerd: 521 W. Washington St.—5 p.m.-7 p.m.
- Detroit Lakes: 415 Frazee St. East—5 p.m.-7 p.m.
- Duluth: 110 E. Central Entrance—4 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Moorhead: 220 8th St. S.— 4:45 p.m-6 p.m. (also tabling at Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
- Morris: 600 E. 4th St.— 4:45 p.m. (also tabling at University of Minnesota-Morris from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
- Perham: 100 Judd St.—11 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Park Rapids: Details TBA
- Wadena: 20 Ash Ave. NW. — 3 p.m-6 p.m.
2. Call and ask your local McDonald’s to source potatoes that are healthy for Minnesota communities.
- Phone number: 1-800-244-6227
SAMPLE SCRIPT: “I’m calling today with the Toxic Taters Coalition. I want to ask you to adopt sustainable practices in your potato purchasing. Please stop buying potatoes that poison local communities with regular pesticide drift. There are better ways to produce potatoes that don’t damage public health and the environment.”
3. Sign and share the petition to McDonald's.
Together, we will send the message to McDonald's loud and clear.
For more information, go to the Toxic Taters' website (www.toxictaters.org) or call 218-850-3629. You can also watch a short video on the campaign here, or check out Carol Ashley's commentary in the Land Stewardship Letter.