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Monsanto’s Roundup Shown to be Ravaging Butterfly Population

Mike Barrett
Natural Society / News Report
Published: Tuesday 6 March 2012
Milkweed, a plant butterflies rely on for habitat and food, is being destroyed by the heavy use of glyphosate-based pesticides and Roundup Ready crops.
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Monsanto’s Roundup, containing the active ingredient glyphosate, has been tied to more health and environmental problems than you could imagine. Similar to how pesticides have been contributing to the bee decline, Monsanto’s Roundup has been tied to the decrease in the population of monarch butterflies by killing the very plants that the butterflies rely on for habitat and food. What’s been shown to be an even greater threat to the population, though, is Monsanto’s Roundup Ready corn and soybeans.

Roundup Ready Crops and Glyphosate Leading to Downfall of Insect Populations

2011 study published in the journal Insect Conservation and Diversity found that increasing acreage of genetically modified Roundup Ready corn and soybeans is heavily contributing to the decline in monarch butterfly populations within North America. Milkweed, a plant butterflies rely on for habitat and food, is being destroyed by the heavy use of glyphosate-based pesticides and Roundup Ready crops. Over the past 17 years, the monarch butterfly population in central Mexico has declined, reaching an all-time low in 2009-2010.

“This milkweed has disappeared from at least 100 million acres of these row crops,” said Dr. Taylor, an insect ecologist at the University of Kansas and director of the research and conservation program Monarch Watch. “Your milkweed is virtually gone…this [glyphosate use on RR crops] is the one main factor that has happened…you look at parts of the Midwest where there is a tremendous use of these crops and you see monarch populations dropping. It’s hard to deny the conclusion.”

According to the Department of Agriculture, in 2011 94 percent of soybeans and 72 percent of corn grown in the United States were herbicide-tolerant. Due to this increase, the amount of Roundup used on crops in 2007 was 5 times higher than in 1997, only one year after Roundup Ready crops were available.

Another study published int he journal Crop Protection and conducted by Robert G Hartzler, an agronomist at Iowa State, found that milkweed on farms in Iowa declined 90 percent from 1999 to 2009. Additionally, his study found milkweed only on 8 percent of corn and soybean fields surveyed in 2009, which is 51 percent lower than in 1999.

Although the butterfly population may be suffering, humans are taking heat from Monsanto’s creations as well. Past research has shown that Monsanto’s Roundup ready crops are leading to mental illness and obesity, primarily by destroying the amount of good bacteria found in the gut. The corporation’s Roundup, containing glyphosate, has also been shown to cause infertility and birth defects.

Glyphosate is so present today that it has been found to be polluting the world’s drinking water through the widespread contamination of aquifers, wells, and springs. What may be most shocking is that very high concentrations of glyphosate have been found in 100 percent of urine samples tested in a recent study.

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It seems obvious to me,

It seems obvious to me, leaving it up from continuing in the destruction of milkweed resulting in the decline of Monarch's is a waste of time. Anyone can grow a milkweed garden. If you have milkweed they will come! It seems to me that would be one way for people to contribute to the demise of the monarch population!

Milkweed is toxic, and not

Milkweed is toxic, and not necessarily poisonous as it is also used as a medicinal herb. Water Hemlock is deadly poisonous to cattle and people!!! It grows near ditches or where water is likely to collect. And it as well is a host plant for the American Swallowtail butterfly. It is crucial to the sustainability of plant life, that bees, butterflies and pollenating insects/creatures not be destroyed or decline to the point of a serious imbalance of nature. These insects serve a very important purpose!!

I am writing to inform you

I am writing to inform you about the campaign to have ecocide the large scale, long term damage /destruction of our environment, the web of life, our planet’s life support systems prosecuted by the International Criminal Court. Would we recognize ecocide if we waited for gangster capitalist to tell us it is a concern?This campaign is lead by Polly Higgins a UK Lawyer and author of Eradication Ecocide: Laws and Governance to Prevent the Destruction of our Planet. I wrote to Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada in 2009 requesting his assistance in creating an International Criminal Court for large scale environmental crime. I have since realized we have an International Criminal court and should not duplicate and delay dealing with those who should be viewed as gangster capitalist committing ecocide. He has yet to respond to seven requests for his support. What does criminal negligence look like?Acts of Ecocide Global climate destabilisation Ocean ecosystem destruction for acidification from CO2 absorption Coral ecosystem collapse from climate destabilisation Amazon ecosystem destruction Boreal forest destruction from tar sands miningMountain ecosystem destruction with coal mining Ocean ecosystem destruction with bottom dragging Ocean biological resources plundering by states and gangster capitalists Toxic lakes from tar sands mining (not yet remediated after 40 years of operation if they can ever be .)Toxic dumping from petroleum corporations in Niger DeltaBlue fin Tuna plundering to commercial extinctionThe proposed mega quarry north of Toronto will destroy 940ha of Class one agricultural land and damage the water table and contaminate water supplies.Purchase a vehicle, take a flight, a house or a product and the ethical, responsible individuals who claim to be our political and corporate leaders have yet to communicate the carbon footprint of their corporate agenda. Do not believe their lies, they are robbing us of the ability of the web of life to sustain life on our planet.Corporate tobacco robbed millions of their health, their lives and now sugar, salt and fat contaminated foods are doing the same using BIG BIG LIES. How many people will be robbed of their lives by gangster capitalism and ecocide? Without prosecuting ecocide justice is not being served to the present and future generations. To find out more visit This is Ecocide @ you agree with this campaign -Join the debate we invite your most critical questions and support-Share it on your networks and ask them to share it .-Demand that your political representative and leader support the prosecution of ecocide by the International Criminal Court. The need to hear about our concern about ecocide and need to prosecuted criminal conduct that is threatening the web of life and our future. - Demand the media explain their silence on the threat that ecocide poses to our future and this campaign.Best wishes in helping us learn how to live consciously, ethically and sustainably, skills that are essential to our survival.Gordon Chamberlain Toronto

all you have to do is ask the

all you have to do is ask the janitor or the maid or any person that doesn t have a degree they know ,its not rocket science ..and mother nature see this as a threat and will destroy us only takes one real smart idiot who thinks they know everything and poof everything is gone...when i was just 4 years old i could see how ants and bees seeds trees marshes and rivers are all connected ..its millions of years of working and now were just messing everything up...and to do this without concent,a vote , a law who the hell do you think you are GOD....oh thats right you don t believe...before its all over you will.

This has to stop before all

This has to stop before all life forms on the planet have been destroyed. We need to stop buying products from these companies.

show me the data on the

show me the data on the health effects, real data, not: so and so said, etc.! be a scientist!

Milkweed is poisonous to

Milkweed is poisonous to livestock at 0.5% of bodyweight, but thats okay maybe we can eat the monarchs.

cows won t eat milkweed they

cows won t eat milkweed they know better but they won t eat gmo feed either if they have non gmo grain instead..i m not a veterinarian either but i do know what a horses ass looks like...the truth you must have a degree in being a jackass hee haw

Researchers: Honeybee deaths

Researchers: Honeybee deaths linked to seed insecticide exposure
January 11, 2012
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Honeybee populations have been in serious decline for years, and Purdue University scientists may have identified one of the factors that cause bee deaths around agricultural fields.

Analyses of bees found dead in and around hives from several apiaries over two years in Indiana showed the presence of neonicotinoid insecticides, which are commonly used to coat corn and soybean seeds before planting. The research showed that those insecticides were present at high concentrations in waste talc that is exhausted from farm machinery during planting.

The insecticides clothianidin and thiamethoxam were also consistently found at low levels in soil - up to two years after treated seed was planted - on nearby dandelion flowers and in corn pollen gathered by the bees, according to the findings released in the journal PLoS One this month.

"We know that these insecticides are highly toxic to bees; we found them in each sample of dead and dying bees," said Christian Krupke, associate professor of entomology and a co-author of the findings...

....Seeds of most annual crops are coated in neonicotinoid insecticides for protection after planting. All corn seed and about half of all soybean seed is treated. The coatings are sticky, and in order to keep seeds flowing freely in the vacuum systems used in planters, they are mixed with talc. Excess talc used in the process is released during planting and routine planter cleaning procedures.


Corporate criminals have to

Corporate criminals have to be put out of business.

Do you think Monsanto gives a

Do you think Monsanto gives a s**t about the Monarch butterfly? They don't even care about humans, the plight of the Indian farmer, the ruin of livelihood to organic farmers, health. They care about one thing only. enriching themselves

We're Monsanto, we are Dow,

We're Monsanto, we are Dow, we don't care about people anyhow!

Someone should create a

Someone should create a Round-up tolerant milkweed, and release it among the Monsanto crops... It shouldn't be that hard - a good backyard breeder could probably do it...

As usual, money buys anything

As usual, money buys anything big busines wants - including the right to destroy the environment, make humans sick - even die from their products - and bear no responsibility for it. If we had accurate labeling on our foods, we could refuse to buy those products that Monsanto has contributed to. THAT will never happen!

I agree 100% with you! And

I agree 100% with you! And let's not forget how far the long arm of Monsanto reaches! Monsanto is also into pharmaceuticals! That's right, they can make us sick and then sell us the medications to heal us. What a deadly web they have been able to weave.

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