ACTION: Sign the Sierra Rise petition calling for protection of the Monarchs from pesticides.
Why would Monsanto give $3.6 million to protect Monarch butterflies? Unlike the plight of the honeybees, the diminishing population of Monarch butterflies can be explained fairly simply; Monarchs rely on milkweed for food, but Midwest crops are sprayed with chemicals such as Roundup (produced by Monsanto) to kill the pesky milkweed, hence fewer and fewer Monarchs. In August 2014 the Center for Biological Diversity and two other organizations petitioned the US Fish and Wildlife Service to provide endangered Species status to the Monarchs. In December 2014 the USFWS determined that endangered species protection for Monarchs may be justified. The USFWS is now in a 12-month review period, during which a public PETITION is underway.