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  •  The article I reviewed on the Bt corn last month (0+ / 0-)

    supports your hypothesis, if I remember it correctly Lenny.

    My understanding is that the HT resistant crops allow farmers to apply higher amounts, and more toxic herbicides to their crops.

    When farmers spray the herbicides on their crops, wind blows it off the farmland to nearby natural areas killing the milkweed.

    And, as you say, no milkweed = no Monarch butterflies.

    Although, this "understanding" has been achieved so far only from reading a articles, many of them popular. My last formal courses in environmental science were some time ago.

    I have found no mention of transfer of herbicide from farms from butterflies, or other insects or animals moving about, or direct poisoning of butterflies, or caterpillars from pesticide blow-off, or during migration through farming areas.

    "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

    by HoundDog on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 06:28:38 PM PDT

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    •  alas, some of our anti-science fringers here seem (0+ / 0-)

      eager to blame GMOs for everything up to the common cold, whether there is valid scientific evidence for it or not.  

      They do our side no good at all.


      In the end, reality always wins.

      by Lenny Flank on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 07:47:11 PM PDT

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