Milkweed essential to monarchs in decline because of herbicides used with genetically modified crops
A new study confirms that the spread of GM herbicide-tolerant crops in the US is indirectly killing the monarch butterfly by destroying its food plant - milkweeds.
The lead researcher on the study suggests planting milkweeds on roadsides to replace those lost in fields growing GM crops. It's a great idea - but seemingly no one dares to address the problem at the root and suggest phasing out GM herbicide-tolerant crops.
SUMMARY: "I'd come to Mexico to investigate the ongoing controversy over the proposed introduction of genetically modified (GM) maize into the birthplace of this important global food crop. The issue was hot, because last October a Mexican judge had issued an injunction halting all experimental and commercial planting of GM maize, a process that was well underway in six northern states. The ruling cited the need for precaution to ensure that Mexico's rich diversity of maize varieties were protected from inadvertent "gene flow" from GM maize. (See my earlier article on the injunction.)"
SUMMARY: "China each year imports a few dozen million tons of GM soybeans. They are predominantly glyphosate-tolerant RR soybeans, processed in China mainly to extract soybean food oil."
China each year imports a few dozen million tons of GM soybeans. They are predominantly glyphosate-tolerant RR soybeans, processed in China mainly to extract soybean food oil.
SUMMARY: "For the past three years, California and Texas in United States is reeling under a severe drought. Some call it an 'epic drought' whereas some consider the continuing drought to be reminiscent of the Dust-Bowl days. "About 90 per cent of Texas is currently under drought conditions, and the State's northern panhandle and Southwest regions are experiencing 'catastrophic' conditions," says a report on AlterNet (Texas drought spawning fires and Dust-Bowl like conditions, AlterNet May 20, 2014)."