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McDonald’s Surveying Pesticide Use on Potatoes

mcds-logo2After facing shareholder pressure, McDonald’s will survey the amount of pesticides applied to potatoes used in its french fries and other potato products.

McDonald’s will survey its potato suppliers this year, it was revealed in a series of letters between McDonald’s counsel and Bard College, Newground Social Investments and AFL-CIO Reserve Fund.

McDonald’s will collect and share with shareholders examples of best practices for reducing pesticides on potatoes within its U.S. supply chain. The efforts will include alternative pest control methods, according to the letters.

Additionally, McDonald’s will work to extend the practices to its global supply chain. The shareholders demanded that the fast food giant communicate the adoption of best practices through the Global Potato Board.

Shareholders also demanded McDonald’s to include information about sustainable pesticide use in its future CSR reports.

McDonald’s 2008 CSR report was recently released.

McDonald’s has a previous history of recognizing sustainability in suppliers. Last October, McDonald’s USA recognized Smithfield Foods, a pork supplier for the McDonald’s system, with the company’s first-ever Sustainability Award.

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2 thoughts on “McDonald’s Surveying Pesticide Use on Potatoes

  1. Couldn?t be wrteitn any better. Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

  2. While its easy to criticize big companies like mcdonalds we have to realize the size of the gain for each and every measure they take towards being more socially and environmentally responsible. As largest buyer of pork or any other commodity, seaking and rewarding sustainable practises in their procurement and supply chain, changing practises makes a significant contribution to change globally. i foresee a future where mcdonalds could be a purveyer of sustainably produced, nutritionally improved, less caloric, reasonably priced food. people just have to apply pressure. they have been able to reinvent themselves and steal market share from any new products that have come along from personal pizzas, salads, breakfast items, coffee drinks, smoothies and more….

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