Potatoes for McDonald's Fries Allegedly Come From Bill Gates' Farm
Bill Gates ranks as the largest private farmland owner in the U.S., and potatoes allegedly used for McDonald's fries are grown on his fields.
Earlier this year, The Land Report reported that Bill Gates is the largest private farmland owner in the U.S., owning some 242,000 acres across 18 states.
Now, a new report by NBC News said that the potatoes used for some of McDonald's fries come from his land. Brush away any images of Gates toiling away in a field of potatoes, because the billionaire isn't the one doing the farming — however fascinating a picture that may paint.
According to NBC News' report, the majority of these McDonald's potatoes are grown in fields Gates owns in Washington state, and are big enough that they can be seen from space.
And it's not just potatoes that Gates' farmland grows, there are also carrots, onions, soybeans, rice, and more. In Louisiana, for instance, his farmland grows soybeans, rice, corn, and cotton. In Nebraska it's soybeans, too, in Florida it's carrots, and in Washington state it's mostly potatoes — some of which are then processed for McDonald's.