Organic Consumers Association

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ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

We must act now, before it's too late.

The monarch butterfly is on the brink of extinction. There's ample science—including a new study by the Center for Food Safety—that links the devastation of the monarch population to Monsanto's Roundup.

Why? Roundup kills the milkweed plant, which is essential to the monarch's survival. 

Milkweed is the only plant that monarch butterflies can lay their eggs on, and it’s the only plant the monarch caterpillar will eat. Milkweed used to thrive in the conventionally grown corn and soy fields of the Midwest. But since the introduction of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops, genetically engineered to allow farmers to spray hundreds of millions of pounds of Roundup every year, milkweed has been largely eradicated. As a consequence, the monarch butterfly population has been decimated, shrinking from about one billion in 1996-1997 to fewer than 35 million in 2014—a 97-percent loss

What can you do to help save the monarch? 

-Ask the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to place the Monarch on the Endangered Species List
-Plant Native Milkweed in your yard and neighborhood. (Find local native plants here)
-Write your representatives and ask them to ban the use of glyphosate, the key active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup.
-Teach your family, friends and neighbors about this issue, and ask them to help save the butterflies!

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