The majestic and beautiful monarch butterfly – I remember drawing it, coloring it, making tissue paper likenesses of it in second grade. What seven-year-old girl isn’t fascinated by the monarch butterfly? Not to mention their value as a wild species.
A recent study conducted at University of Minnesota and Iowa State points out a direct link between GMOs and monarch butterfly losses. In her Star Tribune article, Josephine Marcotty explains the study in detail. One of the culprits responsible for the loss of monarch habitat is GMO Roundup Ready corn and soybeans. The Roundup kills the monarch’s preferred nesting plant – milkweed, while sparing the corn and soy.
Marcotty writes: The rapid spread of herbicide-resistant crops has coincided with — and may explain — the dramatic decline in monarch numbers that has troubled some naturalists over the past decade, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Minnesota and Iowa State University. Read full article.