This Earth Day, protect monarchs, not Monsanto’s Roundup
In just the past year, we’ve lost 16 million monarch butterflies.
Monarchs face a range of threats, but one of the biggest is Monsanto’s Roundup. Milkweed is a critical source of food for monarchs. But increased use of Roundup means that milkweed is disappearing — and so are the monarchs that go with it.
Monarchs are Threatened
A new study has shown that the monarch population declined dramatically in just the past year. There are 16 million fewer monarchs than this time last year, and it’s increasingly likely that they’ll go extinct — unless we take action.1
Monarchs won’t survive without milkweed; it’s the main source of food for their caterpillars, and where they lay their eggs. Roundup kills milkweed, and in recent years, the amount of Roundup we’re using in the United States has skyrocketed.2
We believe that all threatened species are worth saving from extinction — and monarchs are no exception. But they aren’t worth protecting just on principle — they’re also critical pollinators, just like bees.
How You Can Help
Monsanto won’t stop using Roundup on their own. That’s why we need the EPA to ban this toxic pesticide.
Right now the EPA is weighing whether to allow Monsanto and other companies to keep using glyphosate, the main ingredient of Roundup. The EPA is taking comments until April 30th — with just a couple weeks left, it’s critical that we speak up and tell them: It’s time to ban glyphosate, the main ingredient of Monsanto’s Roundup.
In 2018, there’s no reason that we should be risking the extinction of any species for the sake of Monsanto or any other chemical company. Add your name today.
1. Mia Rabson, “Extreme weather, forest loss behind sharp drop in monarch butterfly spottings,” The Province, March 6, 2018.
2. Douglas Main, “Glyphosate Now The Most-Used Agricultural Chemical Ever,” Newsweek, February 2, 2016.