Help me save the Monarch butterfly

To: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

Help me save the Monarch butterfly
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Monsanto's Roundup has already contributed to the widespread collapse of Monarch butterflies, a major pollinating species. Now Dow Chemical wants to start selling an even more toxic herbicide and GMO corn combination that will be more devastating to this important species. We urge you not to approve the use of this new herbicide.

Why is this important?

The widespread use of Monsanto's Roundup herbicide has wiped out milkweed -- the primary food for Monarch butterflies -- in many parts of the country, leading to the widespread collapse of the species.

And now it's about to get even worse. Dow Chemical is seeking approval from the Environmental Protection Agency for a new toxic cocktail -- glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, and "2,4-D," a component of Agent Orange -- to go along with the GMO corn and soybeans they have developed.

Some experts believe if Dow's new herbicide product is approved, we could see a 25-to-50 fold increase in use of this milkweed-destroying chemical. This would be simply devastating to the remaining Monarch population and to our entire ecosystem.

That's why we must act now to prevent the EPA from approving this dangerous chemical combination. The EPA is expected to make a decision on Dow Chemical's application soon, so we must act now to convince it to reject this dangerous new toxic cocktail.

Will you join me and demand EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy deny Dow's application for this toxic combination?

There are numerous human health risks associated with this new herbicide that are being debated -- but the damage that glyphosate has already done to Monarch butterflies is staggering.

In 1996, an estimated 1 billion Monarch butterflies migrating to a pine valley in Mexico covered nearly 50 acres. Last year they covered the area about the size of a football field. This rapid decline in migrating Monarchs closely follows an increase in the use of genetically modified crops and the accompanying increase in the use of Monsanto's herbicide Roundup.

Although supporters of genetically modified crops promised they would lead to a decrease in the use of herbicides, in fact just the opposite has happened. Between 1996 and 2012, the use of the herbicide Roundup has increased 10 fold.


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References:

-- http://www.forbes.com/sites/bethhoffman/2013/07/02/gmo-crops-mean-more-herbicide-not-less/
-- http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/reports/superweeds/
-- http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0261219410002152
-- http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_29307.cfm

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