This is it: Monday is the last day to tell the Fish and Wildlife Service to act now, and save the Monarch butterfly. Click here to send your comment before it's too late.
Monarch Butterfly populations have declined by over 90 percent since the mid 1990s. That timeline corresponds exactly with when Monsanto began selling their Roundup Ready brand of of GMO crops, and American farmers began spraying a lot more Roundup herbicide on their fields.1
Monsanto's profit has come at the direct expense of millions of acres of milkweed - the only food the Monarch Butterfly will eat on it's 3,000 mile annual migration between Canada and Mexico. But it's not too late to save these amazing flyers from extinction.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is considering listing the Monarch as an endangered species. If they do, we'll be able to argue that there should be limits on the sale and spraying of toxic herbicides like Roundup so that more milkweed can grow naturally. But we're running out of time to convince them - and so far, FWS has favored voluntary approaches that have failed in the past.2
Monday is the last day to submit a comment on this round of the FWS plan to list the Monarchs as Endangered. If enough of us speak out, not just in favor of listing but for restrictions on toxic chemicals like Roundup, we can make sure the Monarchs, and their milkweed, are protected.
Click here to send your comment to the FWS asking them to protect Monarchs, and crack down on toxic chemicals like Monsanto's Roundup.
Drew Hudson, Director, and the team at Environmental Action
1 - Lydia Wheeler, Study links Monsanto herbicide to monarch decline, The Hill, February 05, 2015
2 - Kate Sheppard, Government Pledges $3 Million To Save Monarch Butterfly, Huffington Post, February 9, 2015
- Fred Barbash, How well-intentioned Americans trying to save monarch butterflies may actually be destroying them, The Washington Post, January 15, 2015