Sign the petition: Say no to GMO frankenfries
Last month, the United States Department of Agriculture approved a new genetically modified potato created by Simplot, one of the biggest potato suppliers in the country, opening the door to a new wave of processed junk foods containing unlabeled and potentially dangerous GMO potatoes.
McDonald’s, the single-largest purchaser of potatoes in the country,1 has publicly refused to serve french fries sourced from these GMO potatoes.2 However, other major fast food chains, including Burger King, Wendy’s, and KFC, haven’t yet decided whether they will serve these so-called “frankenfries” to their customers.
We must pressure these restaurants not to serve potentially unsafe GMO potatoes to their customers.
Sign the petition: Tell Burger King, Wendy’s, and KFC: Don’t serve GMO frankenfries to your customers.
Over a decade ago, due to massive backlash, Simplot urged its growers to stop planting a variety of GMO potatoes developed by Monsanto after McDonald’s refused to sell french fries containing GMOs.3 Today, however, Simplot is back, and marketing its own, new, genetically engineered potato to the masses.
While Simplot and the USDA claim this new GMO potato is safe for human consumption, the science is simply unclear. According to the Center for Food Safety, the technique used by Simplot to engineer its potato is untested and potentially unsafe for humans and the environment, saying, “USDA has inexplicably failed to undertake the legally required rigorous and overarching analysis of the GE crops’ impacts or reasonably foreseeable consequences.”4
Most frighteningly, because genetically modified foods are not labeled, unsuspecting consumers will be eating this new GMO potato without their knowledge.
If other major fast food chains back down now and follow McDonalds' lead, we’ll have a real chance to keep another GMO potato out of our food supply. Now is the time for another major customer backlash to keep this potentially dangerous potato from being served without our knowledge at major fast food chains around the country.
Even if you don't eat at fast food chains, millions of other Americans do. Your opposition to GMO potatoes can help show Simplot and other companies that Americans don't want GMOs in our food.
Tell Burger King, Wendy’s, and KFC: Don’t serve GMO frankenfries to your customers.
Thanks for all you do to keep our food safe.
- Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation, p. 282, 2001
- Dan Nosowitz, “McDonald’s Refuses To Buy GM Potatoes For Its Fries,” Modern Farmer, November 18, 2014
- Scott Kilman, “McDonald's, Other Fast-Food Chains Pull Monsanto's Bio-Engineered Potato,” Wall Street Journal, April 28, 2000
- “Poorly Tested Gene Silencing Technology to Enter Food Supply with Simplot Potato,” Center for Food Safety, November 7, 2014