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Cathy Jewett


In a letter published, Nov. 25 which discusses the alleged impact the meat industry has on the environment, the writer alludes to a connection between McDonald’s and rainforest depletion – thereby misleading your readers.

For the record, McDonald’s does not, has not and will not purchase beef from rainforest or recently deforested rainforest land. This policy is strictly enforced and closely monitored. Any McDonald’s supplier that is found to deviate from the policy or cannot prove compliance, will be immediately discontinued.

McDonald’s policy is to use only locally produced and processed beef in every country McDonald’s has restaurants. In areas where domestic beef is not available, does not meet quality standards or is not competitive with world prices, McDonald’s imports beef from approved suppliers in other countries.

Here in Canada, 100 per cent of our beef is sourced locally. In fact, McDonald’s Canada is the largest quick service restaurant purchaser of Canadian beef in the country.

In addition, McDonald’s globally is a supporter of efforts to restore and protect degraded rainforest land. Since 1993, McDonald’s has partnered with Conservation International and Clemson University to help restore and protect 2.7 million degraded acres of rainforest land in La Amistad Biosphere Reserve, on the Costa Rica/Panama border.

At McDonald’s, we take our commitment to the environment very seriously, and I would encourage the writer to properly research and attribute her facts prior to making false accusations about McDonald’s.

Tom Horler


McDonald’s Whistler and Pemberton

During my last visit to Whistler, I was knocked off my bike on Highway 99, whilst on my way to the Loonie Race. I know it has been a while, but there are some people I would like to thank:

Thanks to the two strangers who helped me at the side of the road immediately after the accident.

Thanks to the Ambulance crew, RCMP and the Fire Service.

And thanks to all my riding buddies and friends in Whistler for all your ongoing support and encouragement. I'll be back!

Sally Gabriel

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