Activist and author, Michael Pollan, has a 3-minute video which will forever alter your view on McDonalds. That’s not to say that I assume any of my readers don’t understand the grave health consequences that come from ingesting most of McDonald’s products, it is more to say that this raises the “shocking’ bar.
According to Pollan, McDonald’s insists on using Russet Burbank Potatoes, a potato in America that is unusually long and difficult to grow. They further insist that their potatoes have no blemishes at all, which is hard because these potatoes commonly suffer from what is referred to as Net Necrosis, which causes unwanted spots and lines on the potatoes. If they have this, McDonald’s won’t buy them and the only way to eliminate this is through the use of a pesticide called methamidophos (Monitor) “that is so toxic that the farmers who grow these potatoes in Idaho won’t venture outside and into their fields for five days after they spray.”