|This is from the Food Action Network and Friends of the Earth:
On the heels of recent bee declines, another important pollinator, the monarch butterfly, is also in serious trouble. In March, the New York Times reported that the number of monarchs arriving at their ancient overwintering grounds in Mexico had reached the lowest level on record.
The monarch’s sharp decline has been linked to massive increases in the planting of genetically modified (GM) crops engineered to tolerate huge doses of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. These herbicide-tolerant “Roundup Ready” crops necessitate ever-increasing amounts of the Roundup weed killer — virtually wiping out milkweed, the only food young monarchs eat.
Friends Of the Earth has launched a petition to help protect the monarch butterfly. Will you add your voice?
Click here to tell the USDA and EPA to stop approving these herbicide-resistant GM crops and the toxic chemicals that accompany them.
Monarchs, like bees, are a “canary in the coal mine.” This iconic species is one of a wide variety of pollinators and other insects, including many that benefit farmers, that are also rapidly disappearing, along with the birds, mammals and other predators that feed on them.
Tell the EPA and USDA to stop approving herbicide-resistant genetically engineered crops and to instead promote non-toxic pest and weed management to the benefit of farmers, our health, our ecosystems and the precious monarch butterfly.
Add your voice now.
Yours for all life,
P.S. Over the last decade, the amount of U.S. crops genetically engineered to withstand Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide grew to 83 percent of corn and 93 percent of soybeans. Use of Roundup skyrocketed and has virtually wiped out the milkweed that once grew among our farm fields. Join Friends Of the Earth’s campaign and tell the USDA and EPA act now, before it’s too late.