The number of Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) wintering in Mexico plunged this year to its lowest level since studies began in 1993, leading experts to announce Wednesday that the insects’ annual migration from the United States and Canada is in danger of disappearing.
A study released by the World Wildlife Fund, Mexico’s Environment Department and the Natural Protected Areas Commission blames the displacement of the milkweed the species feeds on by genetically modified crops and urban sprawl in the United States, as well as the dramatic reduction of the butterflies’ habitat in Mexico due to illegal logging of the trees they depend on for shelter.
Our monarch butterflies are vanishing — and all signs point to Monsanto as the main culprit.
Major press outlets worldwide reported last month that monarchs are in grave danger, with their population reaching the lowest numbers ever recorded. Now, an independent study has linked the monarch’s decline with Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.
One of the most beautiful phenomena in the natural world — the annual mass migration of 60 million monarchs from Canada to Mexico — is on the verge of being a relic of history, and a key link in our food chain is under threat. We need to fight this now, before it’s too late for the butterflies.
Join me and tell Monsanto to pull its butterfly-killing herbicide before it’s too late: