More than 200,000 acres of habitat is slated to be restored for monarchs while the program is also planning over 750 schoolyard habitats and pollinator gardens. More than 200,000 acres of habitat is slated to be restored for monarchs while the program is also planning over 750 schoolyard habitats and pollinator gardens.
Earlier this month, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced a $3.2-million campaign to save “beleaguered” Monarch butterflies. As recently as 1996, there were close to 1 billion monarchs across the US. Today, their numbers have dwindled by 90 percent.
Monsanto’s Glyphosate Is Killing Off Monarchs’ Favorite Plant
Milkweed is an easy target for glyphosate, the chemical in the herbicide Roundup that’s used prolifically on Monsanto’s Roundup Ready™ genetically engineered crops.
This is reason enough to take urgent action, but the loss of monarchs isn’t only about butterflies. According to FWS:
Monarch declines are symptomatic of environmental problems that pose risks to our food supply, the spectacular natural places that help define our national identity, and our own health. Conserving and connecting habitat for monarchs will benefit other plants, animals and important insect and avian pollinators.”
‘Farming Per Se Is Not the Problem’
FWS acknowledges that agricultural practices have played a role in devastating monarchs’ habitat. …
As with many other areas of natural health, 2012 is looking to be a pivotal year for GM and associated technologies, such as Roundup/glyphosate. With countries opting to ban GM for lengthy periods, legal cases going against the big biotech boys and scientists like Huber out there showing the dangers of GM and its associated herbicide, the stage appears set for a showdown. For humanity's sake, everyone who feels instinctively that GM is an enormous mistake must keep the pressure on their governments, and give them no choice but to do the sensible thing.
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