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Toxic Taters Polluting the Air

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  • Potato fields may be sprayed with toxic pesticides every five days, with the drift easily traveling to neighboring farms, homes and schools
  • McDonald’s is the world’s biggest purchaser of potatoes, buying more than 3.4 billion pounds of U.S.-grown potatoes a year
  • The Toxic Taters Coalition is calling on McDonald’s to devise a strategy to reduce pesticide usage on its potato products

By Dr. Mercola

McDonald's is the world's biggest purchaser of potatoes, buying more than 3.4 billion pounds of U.S.-grown potatoes a year and processing them primarily into their well-known french fries and hash browns. Many would assume that it's in this fried form that they pose the most danger — at least to the health of those who choose to eat them — but the potatoes the fast-food giant relies on are dangerous before they even come out of the ground.


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