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Monday, March 19, 2012

Planting GMO Crops = Butterfly Murder

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 8:34 AM

We'd totally put up a photo of baby butterflies here to evoke sympathy, except baby butterflies are hideous. - LYNN HUMAN / SHUTTERSTOCK
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  • We'd totally put up a photo of baby butterflies here to evoke sympathy, except baby butterflies are hideous.
​Because the only thing that seems to motivate Americans to save the planet is to save cuteness lost, you should probably know: GMO crops are killing our butterflies. Grist reports on a new study that found that between 1999 and 2010, the period in which Roundup Ready corn and soybeans became omnipresent throughout the Midwest, populations of Monarch butterflies there decreased by 81 percent.

Seems that when you cover fields in herbicides in order to kill all the milkweed plants growing between your cash crops, then Monarchs have nothing left to eat. 

Apparently, "weeds" play an important part of the ecosystem. Who knew? 

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