Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 7:02AM
So another day and another story about how McDonald's has been slowly killing us for years. I know none of the organic loving foodies that read this site would dare admit to eating some Mcd's but deep down inside we all know their fries are covered with awesomesauce. (seriously...) Who knew awesomesauce = pesticides! Wait what? Yeah that's exactly right, McDonald's fries much like everything else around us these days are covered in chemicals. Lucky for us (I mean people who eat that stuff cause we all know we don't right? right...) a few of their investor groups aren't having it anymore, engaging the fast food giant to perform an internal study on their pesticide practices. I'm not sure what's more concerning, that their fries have a pesticide problem or that they don't even know how bad the problem actually is.
McDonald's to take steps to cut potato pesticides
By Lisa Baertlein
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp, the largest purchaser of potatoes in the United States, has agreed to take preliminary steps to reduce pesticide use in its domestic potato supply, shareholder groups said on Tuesday.
Following the agreement, the Bard College Endowment, Newground Social Investment and the AFL-CIO Reserve Fund withdrew a shareholder proposal that, if approved, would have required the company to publish a report on options for cutting pesticide use in its supply chain.
The investors said McDonald's has agreed to survey its U.S. potato suppliers, compile a list of best practices in pesticide use reduction and recommend those best practices to global suppliers. It also will share its findings with investors and include the findings in its annual corporate social responsibility report. [READ MORE]