RT: Monsanto monarch massacre: 970 million butterflies killed since 1990

Posted: February 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Published time: February 10, 2015 10:52

Monarch butterfly (Reuters/Daniel Aguilar)

Monarch butterfly (Reuters/Daniel Aguilar)

The beautiful monarch butterfly, which is also a major pollinator, is being threatened by herbicides that eradicate milkweed, its primary food source. Now, a desperate rejuvenation program is under way to save the species from possible extinction.

A shocking statistic released by the US Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday summed up the plight of the monarch butterfly: Since 1990, about 970 million of the butterflies – 90 percent of the total population – have vanished across the United States.

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The massacre provides a grim testimony to the delicate balance that exists between man and nature, and how the introduction of a single consumer product – in this case, Monsanto’s Roundup Ready herbicide – can wreak so much havoc. Sold to farmers and homeowners as an effective method…

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