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Hermes (March 18, 2015, 16:32:37 PM):
The impact of GM crops on the monarch butterfly has drawn attention since a 1999 paper in Nature on the topic. It is not related to herbicide-resistance as claimed in your article, but rather to insecticide-resistance. By killing the caterpillars that attack the plant, you would reduce the resulting butterfly population. The extent to which these butterflies are threatened in consequence, is in dispute. It may be argued that human agriculture caused an increase in these populations in the first place.

http://geneticliteracyproject.org/2013/03/25/monsanto-v-monarch-butterflies/
BoogieMonster (March 18, 2015, 16:38:20 PM):
May we take a side step for a moment and gawk at the human-ness of all of this.

We engineered INSECTicides, and GMO plants protect themselves against INSECTS, and now people are upset that the result is a reduction in INSECTS, the very thing we were trying to reduce in the first place.
Tweefo (March 18, 2015, 16:47:38 PM):
The impact of GM crops on the monarch butterfly has drawn attention since a 1999 paper in Nature on the topic. It is not related to herbicide-resistance as claimed in your article, but rather to insecticide-resistance. By killing the caterpillars that attack the plant, you would reduce the resulting butterfly population. The extent to which these butterflies are threatened in consequence, is in dispute. It may be argued that human agriculture caused an increase in these populations in the first place.

http://geneticliteracyproject.org/2013/03/25/monsanto-v-monarch-butterflies/

Thanks
Tweefo (March 18, 2015, 17:01:50 PM):
You can't win against the tree huggers. Roundup is not so bad for the environment. Without it (in my farming days) you had to spray a grass herbicide, followed a few weeks later by a broad-leaved poison. Sometimes we had to follow that with 2,4-D. Agent Orange, the Vietnam poison, was based on this I believe. In my travels, I can even smell it nowadays sometimes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agent_Orange It is not a nice chemical.
Tweefo (March 18, 2015, 17:19:36 PM):
Ivo Vegter's got a thought-provoking article in Daily Maverick http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2015-03-17-when-environmentalism-becomes-a-crime-against-humanity/#.VQmW5o6Ucpo

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