De Wonderen

de wonderenJan Sepp (1739-1811)

Monarch butterflies need milkweed. It is the only plant they can lay their eggs on and that the caterpillars can eat.

But the combination of genetically engineered corn and soy and weed killers like Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide has wiped out nearly all the milkweed that used to grow along the monarchs’ migratory routes, leaving the butterflies nowhere to lay their eggs

Every fall, for thousands of years, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies have taken to the skies, flying more than 2,500 miles across Canada and the U.S. to reach their winter home in the thick forests of tall oyamel fir trees that grow in Mexico’s Sierra Madre mountains.

This winter, only 33.5 million butterflies made it to Mexico – the lowest level ever reported.

Like honey bees and other pollinators, monarch butterflies are now in crisis, with populations plummeting dramatically since the introduction of herbicide-ready corn and soybean crops in 1997.

They may disappear. Soon.

The huge increase in the usage of GMO crops and the toxic herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup that accompany them is a major culprit for the monarch’s disappearance, along with rapid deforestation in Mexico and extreme weather caused by climate chaos.

The world needs monarch butterflies. But they can’t survive without milkweed. And milkweed can’t survive weed-killing chemicals . . .

Tell the USDA and the EPA to adopt tough restrictions on pesticide-resistant crops and the toxic herbicides responsible for the rapid disappearance of monarchs.

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6 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. I can’t believe that Monsanto still has so much power and freedom to do whatever they feel like.

    • Even after years and years of disillusionment, horror, outrage, bitterness, cynicism— I can’t either.
      Life on earth is disintegrating, threatening to be ugly, sad, painful—and yet some people seem to look forward to walking through the empty desert it is quickly becoming in a fully-equipped space-suit, which is what will be necessary to breathe and withstand the temperatures.
      What are they gaining that is worth that?
      What makes me saddest is that the animals didn’t vote for this.

      • Many people didn’t vote for this either. For instance, childeren. It is so good that you put these topics on the table, still surrounded by subtile beauty. What a lot of work have you done to collect all these paintings and drawings.

    • P.S. Your beach people–and their inflatables–are completely charming:

      • I hope the world will not end up with inflatable bees. 😉 Thank you for sharing. x

  2. Thank you for these beautiful & educational posts. This particular post went to my facebook page where it was posted up by a friend in Holland. I like seeing the Dutch comments.

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