Target: Sonny Perdue, nominee for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Goal: Require farms use new pesticide spray to reduce runoff.
Scientists at MIT have been studying the pesticide runoff problem for years, and finally they think they found a solution. Currently, only 2% of pesticides actually stay on the plant when sprayed, the rest almost immediately falls to the ground and begins the process of polluting our world. The new spray created by MIT combines two natural and biodegradable polymers, which create a reaction causing the pesticides to stick to the leaves of the plant. They think the implementation of this new formula could reduce the amount of pesticides used by farmers by 90%.
Usually pesticides run off into creeks, rivers and lakes, and move their way up the food chain until their effects can be seen all over the world. We must find a way to reduce the harmful effects of industrial agriculture while still retaining its benefits, and this new spray is one way to do this.
This new pesticide spray could reduce run off from farms by a huge amount, and is also hugely inexpensive as well as biodegradable. According to the scientists at MIT, most farms already have the materials on site to make the spray.
Sign this petition to require farmers to use this new spray, and we could take a major step towards solving our runoff problem.
Dear Mr. Perdue,
Large-scale agriculture causes our world just as many problems as it solves, and this is something that needs to be remedied. Scientists at MIT have found a way to make pesticides actually stick to the leaves of the plant, reducing pesticide use by hopefully over 90%. Currently only 2% of the chemicals actually stay on the plant, and so farmers have to put on pesticides multiple times. With the spray developed by MIT, they theoretically would only need to spray once or twice through the whole growing process.
Reducing the amount of chemicals used in agriculture would provided many benefits. First, it means farmers have to spend far less money on pesticides, because so little would now be wasted. And second, it would hugely help solve the problem of pesticide runoff which negatively effects almost every ecosystem left on our planet.
Use your power to require the use of the new spray. It could save farmers and the government money, while reducing large-scale agricultures’ negative effects on the environment.
[Your Name Here]
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