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Petition: Ban Toxic RoundUp on Federal Land – Save The Monarch Butterfly

America’s federal lands are some of the most pristine and beautiful parts of our country, yet the use of toxic herbicides on federal land by our own government is contributing to the steep decline in one of our nation’s most iconic species.

Monarch-MilkweedMonarch butterflies are on the brink of extinction due to the overuse of herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup that use the toxic chemical glyphosate. In just two decades of skyrocketing glyphosate use, monarch populations have plunged so low that we are in real danger of losing a true marvel of nature in our lifetimes: the annual monarch migration.

We must act now to urge the U.S. government to cease using glyphosate-containing herbicides, like Monsanto’s Roundup, that are completely destroying monarch habitat on federal land.

That’s why I started my own campaign on CREDOMobilize.com, which allows activists to start their own petitions. My petition, which is to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, says the following:

The unchecked spraying of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, has contributed to an alarming decline in the monarch butterfly population in just two decades. We urge you to ban the use of glyphosate and encourage the planting of milkweed and other native prairie plants on federal lands.

Tell the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Agriculture:
Ban glyphosate use on federal land now.
Click here to sign the petition.

Monarchs migrate every year from Canada to Mexico and back. In 1996, an estimated 1 billion monarch butterflies migrating to forests in central Mexico covered nearly 50 acres. But in 2013, they only covered the area about the size of a football field.

This dramatic decrease in monarch populations is due to the loss of their primary breeding habitat and food source: milkweed. 5cdcd28292b65af09f6465c03235d44fThese plants that are so crucial to the monarchs’ survival have been nearly eradicated on their migration path. It is estimated that as much as 165 million acres of habitat has been lost since the 1990s. Like many other plants, milkweed has been destroyed in great numbers in the Midwest due to the widespread use of glyphosate on corn and soy fields.

Recovering monarch butterflies before they vanish completely is an achievable goal, and one that future generations should expect of us. We must immediately take steps to stop this extinction by restricting the use of glyphosate and working to bring back milkweed before it’s too late.

Will you join me and add your name to my petition urging the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Agriculture to ban the use of toxic glyphosate herbicides on federal land?

Thank you for your support.
Rep. Chellie Pingree

Monsanto’s Contribution

On March 31, 2015, Monsanto announced that it would contribute $400,000 “to partner with and support the efforts of experts working to benefit monarch butterflies.”[1]Monsanto Announces Multi-Year Commitment to Help Monarch Butterflies Additionally…

Monsanto will match the initial $1.2 million pledge from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the nfwf-logoNational Fish and Wildlife Foundation Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund and provide $2.4 million additional funding to match commitments from federal agencies over the next three years. This support will be targeted to provide habitat restoration, education and outreach and milkweed seed and plant production.

The $3.6 million as matched funding it requires follow-through on pledges from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and future funding from other federal agencies — carrying through on their pledges for support. Considering how US Congress has balanced the budget in recent years, would you feel confident that these pledges now and in the future are followed through on? It will require the public to request and maintain vigilance over allocations now and in the next three years. At present $1.2 million is pledged by NFWF, there is no agency plan to pledge another $2.4 to find matching funds.

“Through its investment in the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund, Monsanto will provide resources that will enable tens of thousands of Americans to participate in efforts to preserve this amazing species for generations to come,” said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and chief executive officer of NFWF. “Our congressional charter directs us to build partnerships between the public and private sectors in order to increase funding available for on-the-ground conservation efforts. This partnership between Monsanto and NFWF continues our work of bringing all parties to the table to support vital wildlife conservation efforts.”[2]National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Monsanto Announce Commitment to Help Monarch Butterflies

What About Federal Lands?

usda-featureAt present there are no provisions to prevent use of glyphosate on federal lands. Signing the petition would remove the threat not only on behalf of the monarch butterfly, but to protect all wildlife and humans from encountering glyphosate on federal lands. 

FWS – Save The Monarch 

Learn more about how to personally be involved in assisting the survival of Monarch Butterflies. The US Fish & Wildlife Service has a number of resources online at the Save The Monarch page.

 

Monarch Joint Venture

 

 

 

GMOs in Breast Milk – WHO Reporting Increases

stockvault-woman-breastfeeding-baby132389The World Health Organization (WHO) has been receiving a rash of notices from breastfeeding mothers the past two years. In prior years there were 3-4 requests for testing annually.

Continue reading GMOs in Breast Milk – WHO Reporting Increases

How Monsanto’s Roundup, Vaccines Converge to Fuel Autism, Neurological Diseases: Holistic Doctor Explains

With cases of autism and many other diseases on the rise in the United States, the holistic health community has begun a lengthy search for answers.

A recent presentation of data from MIT Research Stephanie Seneff warning that half of U.S. children will be autistic by the year 2025 showed a correlation between the increased use of glyphosate (the active ingredient in the Monsanto weedkiller Roundup) and rising autism rates, and has made waves throughout the community and beyond. 

Correlation doesn’t equal causation, but Seneff’s statistics are just one of many red flags that something is amiss.

Synergistic Destruction – How Vaccines and GMOs Converge to Fuel Disease

In the latest blog post for KINSEI, a center for mind/body balance, Dr. Matthew Buckley presents his research and theories for how a process known as microglial activation can be triggered by overconsumption of chemical residues found on GMO crops such as corn, soy, canola and sugar beets as well as wheat that is doused in Monsanto’s Roundup, and other foods.

 

[You can read Dr. Buckley’s full, detailed post with accompanying research by clicking here]

Microglial activation is a leading factor in all neurodegenerative-related health problems, including autism, Alzheimer’s, ALS, Parkinson’s, non-situational depression, and virtually all forms of chronic illness.

In addition to this contribution to the deterioration of our health from Roundup, vaccines may also play a role and combine synergistically with Roundup leading to devastating health effects. 

According to Dr. Buckley’s post, “all vaccines induce some pro-inflammatory cytokine response, and are potential triggers for microglial activation…”

Leaky gut, another condition that has been linked to overconsumption Monsanto’s chemicals, is also part of a common thread that ties many of these illnesses together.

For a detailed breakdown of Dr. Buckley’s concerns (and the detailed research behind it) check out the original article by clicking here.

How Monsanto’s Roundup, Vaccines Converge to Fuel Autism, Neurological Diseases: Holistic Doctor Explains

With cases of autism and many other diseases on the rise in the United States, the holistic health community has begun a lengthy search for answers.

A recent presentation of data from MIT Research Stephanie Seneff warning that half of U.S. children will be autistic by the year 2025 showed a correlation between the increased use of glyphosate (the active ingredient in the Monsanto weedkiller Roundup) and rising autism rates, and has made waves throughout the community and beyond. 

Correlation doesn’t equal causation, but Seneff’s statistics are just one of many red flags that something is amiss.

Synergistic Destruction – How Vaccines and GMOs Converge to Fuel Disease

In the latest blog post for KINSEI, a center for mind/body balance, Dr. Matthew Buckley presents his research and theories for how a process known as microglial activation can be triggered by overconsumption of chemical residues found on GMO crops such as corn, soy, canola and sugar beets as well as wheat that is doused in Monsanto’s Roundup, and other foods.

 

[You can read Dr. Buckley’s full, detailed post with accompanying research by clicking here]

Microglial activation is a leading factor in all neurodegenerative-related health problems, including autism, Alzheimer’s, ALS, Parkinson’s, non-situational depression, and virtually all forms of chronic illness.

In addition to this contribution to the deterioration of our health from Roundup, vaccines may also play a role and combine synergistically with Roundup leading to devastating health effects. 

According to Dr. Buckley’s post, “all vaccines induce some pro-inflammatory cytokine response, and are potential triggers for microglial activation…”

Leaky gut, another condition that has been linked to overconsumption Monsanto’s chemicals, is also part of a common thread that ties many of these illnesses together.

For a detailed breakdown of Dr. Buckley’s concerns (and the detailed research behind it) check out the original article by clicking here.

Monsanto’s Roundup may be linked to fatal kidney disease, new study suggests

A heretofore inexplicable fatal, chronic kidney disease that has affected poor farming regions around the globe may be linked to the use of biochemical giant Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide in areas with hard water, a new study has found.

The new study was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Researchers suggest that Roundup, or glyphosate, becomes highly toxic to the kidney once mixed with “hard” water or metals like arsenic and cadmium that often exist naturally in the soil or are added via fertilizer.

Hard water contains metals like calcium, magnesium, strontium, and iron, among others. On its own, glyphosate is toxic, but not detrimental enough to eradicate kidney tissue. The glyphosate molecule was patented as a herbicide by Monsanto in the early 1970s. The company soon brought glyphosate to market under the name “Roundup,” which is now the most commonly used herbicide in the world.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/209667682/Glyphosate-and-Chronic-Kidney-Disease 

http://rt.com/news/monsanto-roundup-kidney-disease-921/