Norma Smith drinks only bottled water.
It’s not her preference, but it’s become a necessity. After potato growers moved in next to her farm in Frazee, Minnesota in 1995, Smith says her tap water became undrinkable.
“We drank the water for eighteen years,” Smith tells The Progressive. “The year after they started spraying [pesticides], the water tasted horrible.”
The growers next door, like many farmers in rural Minnesota, grow potatoes for a company that sells to McDonald’s. Residents including Smith contend these crops are grown with the aid of pesticides that have affected their health, livestock, pets, and surroundings.