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Monsanto's glyphosate wiping out Monarch butterflies; population down 74 percent in California

7/26/2016 - Recent research has pinpointed Monsanto's glyphosate-based herbicide, Roundup, as one of the main contributing factors to the drastic population declines experienced by monarch butterflies in the past 20 years. Since 1997, monarch butterfly populations have decreased by a staggering 74 percent in...

Millions of butterflies, dragonflies and lady bugs are also killed by neonicotinoids, not just bees

4/17/2016 - Just as "Big Tobacco" hid the scientific fact, for 30 years, that cigarettes cause lung cancer, Monsanto, Bayer and Syngenta are running similar propaganda with neonicotinoids (a.k.a. "neonics"), a class of pesticides that absorb into a plant's tissue, so that the plant itself emits toxins, from the...

Wild bees, butterflies and other pollinators are on the path to extinction if we don't stop poisoning them

3/11/2016 - Pollinating insects such as bees and butterflies contribute around $29 billion to U.S. agriculture every year, according to a 2010 study by Cornell University. They are responsible for the pollination of hundreds of crops, including apples, almonds, blueberries, asparagus and oranges. However, an...

Migrating monarch butterfly population declined 94 percent in 17 years

3/28/2015 - Despite the fact that the monarch butterfly's population has severely dwindled in fewer than 20 years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has yet to take protective action. As such, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has filed a complaint against the EPA, noting that the EPA has failed...

Monarch butterfly decline being caused by GMO agriculture

6/19/2014 - Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and pesticide-drenched fields are detrimental to the planet in just about every aspect. They're deteriorating human health, stifling plant diversity, inflicting soil damage, encouraging growth of superbugs and superweeds and, in some cases, eliminating planet species...

GMOs killing off Monarch butterflies, report finds

7/29/2011 - You have likely seen them dancing through the air and gracing the petals and leaves of various plants and shrubs. But a new study published in the journal Insect Conservation and Diversity says that the popular Monarch butterfly, which is an absolute necessity for farmers, is on the decline. And the...

Monarch butterflies use medicinal plants to treat diseases in their offspring

10/21/2010 - What happens when animals get sick in the wild -- do they just fight off disease by themselves? It seems they may actively treat themselves, and their sick offspring, with natural therapies. If that sounds like a far-fetched idea, listen up. Although few studies have been conducted on self-medication...

The Butterfly Effect: Global Warming Changes Butterfly Habitat and Behavior

6/12/2010 - Butterflies inhabit every continent except Antarctica. Flitting from flower to flower, they assist in pollination. People are awed by their fragile beauty but more importantly, butterflies indicate the health of the environment. Cold-blooded, butterflies are dependent upon temperature, just as are rodents,...

Butterflies inspire new LED illumination technology

1/27/2007 - An ingenious method of efficiently emitting light has come from a unique inspiration: butterflies. The science behind higher-emission light emitting diodes (LED) comes from the fluorescent patches found on the wings of the African swallowtail butterfly. LED technology has been around for decades,...

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