It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope, it’s the Monarch butterflies! Every year these beautiful symbols of transformation migrate long distances to the north and south just as birds do, but this year they are in danger of disappearing, as their numbers dropped to the lowest level on record since 1993.
Destruction of the environment may be to blame for the falling Monarch numbers, specifically during their migration to winter in Mexico. Milkweed, also known as Monarch butterfly feed, is being displaced by genetically modified crops and urban sprawl. In addition, their habitats are being destroyed in Mexico by the logging industry, and extreme weather changes are making it difficult for these gorgeous creatures to survive.
The Monarch is not currently in danger of extinction but the drop in their numbers is more than just a bad year for the butterfly. It is putting the punctuation at the end of a disturbing trend. A leading entomologist at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, Lincoln Brower, states that the main culprits for the monarch population decline are herbicide-resistant soybean and corn crops (GMOs). How much more proof do we need that GMOs may not be all they are cracked up to be?
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