by Chuck Raasch, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
An environmental group that opposes genetically modified crops is issuing a 77-page report on the decline of the monarch butterfly that lays much of the blame on Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops and Roundup herbicide.
The report acknowledges that diminished wintering grounds for the migrating butterfly — whose annual journey takes it through Missouri and Illinois — plays a role in diminished monarch populations.
But the report also contains one of the most direct challenges to date of Monsanto’s Roundup products and their impact on the butterfly. Among other things, the environmental organization calls for the phasing out of herbicide-resistant plants over 10 years, and for a halt in a new generation of genetically engineered crops it says are being planned by Monsanto and other companies.
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