An organization in Minnesota has decided to take a stand against pesticide-laced potatoes by targeting one of the biggest buyers for the produce, McDonald’s.
Toxic Taters is an organization that doesn’t believe that McDonald’s supports and promotes sustainable agriculture. This is because the organization has its headquarters in a state where as much as 50,000 acres of potatoes are planted each year, Minnesota. Coincidentally, this is also where the world’s largest potato producer, RDO, grows its crops. And RDO is actually one of the companies supplying potatoes for McDonald’s French fries. This is how Toxic Taters knows that potatoes going into McDonald’s supply chain are not exactly kosher.
Toxic Taters is on a mission to help everyone have access to food free from pesticide residue. That is why they have decided to take action against McDonald’s. This is by conducting a series of protests across several locations, states and countries for a day.
According to Toxic Taters, actions were confirmed in 11 locations in Minnesota. This includes Brainerd, Detroit Lakes, Duluth, Minneapolis, Moorhead, Morris, Northfield, Perham, Park Rapids, St. Paul and Wadena. Meanwhile, people are also taking action across 12 locations in California including Bakersfield, Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and seven locations throughout the Murieta/Riverside County. These include Los Alamos, Madison Avenue, Murrieta Hot Springs Road, Jefferson Avenue, Rancho California, Temecula Parkway and Winchester Road.
Meanwhile, protests were also confirmed in Phoenix, Arizona; Verde Valley, Arizona; Chicago, Illinois; Kalamazoo, Michigan; New York City; Eugene, Oregon and Madison, Wisconsin. At the same time, there is also some action confirmed in Prince Edward Island in Canada.
The protests coincided with McDonald’s launching of its all-day breakfast fare, which is facing some criticizing remarks from competition.