The Center for Food Safety released a report essentially blaming Monsanto’s Roundup Ready genetically modified foods as having contributed to the near extinction of the Monarch butterfly stating the creature’s population has fallen by 90%. KSPR television out of Columbia, Missouri quotes the environmentalist group as saying:
“This report is a wake-up call. This iconic species is on the verge of extinction because of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crop system,” says Andrew Kimbrell, executive director at Center for Food Safety. “To let the monarch butterfly die out in order to allow Monsanto to sell its signature herbicide for a few more years is simply shameful.”
However, back in October of last year the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) issued a report quoting the World Wildlife Fund that the Monarch butterfly population was on the rebound. Thanks to reversals in deforestation in Mexico (where the butterfly migrates for hibernation), two to three times the amount of Monarch butterflies were expected than were seen last year. A spokesperson for the World Wildlife Fund stated that data from the US indicated a light recovery with expectations of double or triple the Monarch butterfly population.
Taking into account the CBC report and the study quoted by the World Wildlife Fund, this campaign to classify the Monarch butterfly as endangered is nothing more than an combined anti-GMO and anti-pesticide effort. Another campaign on the part of environmentalists not only shrink the human food supply but also to restrict the use of pesticides so food crops can be easily attacked by insects. This, in turn, ensures the quick demise of much of the food crops we need in order to live. Giving the Monarch butterfly endangered species protections would give Gang Green the ammunition to publicly claim the need to ban pesticides and GMO cultivation.