A Real Superhero for Agriculture's Challenges

For centuries, farmers were often limited to labor-intensive ways to fight weeds. So when Monsanto introduced crops genetically engineered (GE) to be immune to the company's patented herbicide, Roundup, it was hailed as a breakthrough. But the weeds evolved to withstand the herbicide and today these "superweeds" infest millions of U.S. farm acres. In response, agribusiness companies have doubled down, proposing new GE crops with new, more toxic herbicides.

There's a better way. Farmers can control weeds using practices grounded in the science of agroecology, which not only help control weeds, but have other benefits including increased soil fertility and reduced water pollution. More research is needed to help farmers, yet critical federal research programs are underfunded.

Write to your members of Congress today and ask them to fund sustainable agriculture research to find lasting solutions to farming challenges.

Please make your letter personal by adding in your own thoughts and concerns. Every letter makes a difference, but customized letters have the greatest effect!

Learn more about our superweeds video and read our superweeds policy brief.

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Dear Legislator,

As you consider the agriculture spending bill for FY15, I urge you to support at least $30 million in funding for SARE to enable this program to meet the needs of farmers for real solutions.

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