Conversation Questions About Monarch Butterflies

By Monsanto

Here are some of the top questions we’ve received about monarch butterflies through
The Conversation.

Still have questions of your own? Feel free to ask us.

Where are the monarch butterflies?

The Monarch butterfly population that overwinters in Mexico varies annually but has declined over the past two decades. These beautiful but fragile butterflies are impacted by many factors, including habitat loss in wintering sites and breeding sites, threats from extreme weather and climate change, and losses from predators, pathogens and parasites. The flight of the monarch butterfly is one of nature’s greatest spectacles. That is why we are working with the U.S. National Fish & Wildlife Service Foundation and other conservation efforts to catalyze on-the-ground efforts to support a healthy monarch population. We've committed to providing 100,000 milkweeds for planting into priority landscapes, supporting expansion and improvement of more than 10 million acres of habitat by 2025 and providing $4 million in funding to support monarch health and research initiatives over the next three years. Learn more about how Monsanto is working with others to help preserve habitats for monarch butterflies.

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Where are the monarch butterflies?

The Monarch butterfly population that overwinters in Mexico varies annually but has declined over the past two decades. These beautiful but fragile butterflies are impacted by many factors, including habitat loss in wintering sites and breeding sites, threats from extreme weather and climate change, and losses from predators, pathogens and parasites. The flight of the monarch butterfly is one of nature’s greatest spectacles. That is why we are working with the U.S. National Fish & Wildlife Service Foundation and other conservation efforts to catalyze on-the-ground efforts to support a healthy monarch population. We've committed to providing 100,000 milkweeds for planting into priority landscapes, supporting expansion and improvement of more than 10 million acres of habitat by 2025 and providing $4 million in funding to support monarch health and research initiatives over the next three years. Learn more about how Monsanto is working with others to help preserve habitats for monarch butterflies.

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Is Roundup eradicating
the Monarch butterfly?

Access to quality habitat including milkweed, a wildflower that sustains the species throughout its development and migration, is required to support a healthy and resilient monarch population. Roundup herbicide used in Roundup Ready systems enables farmers to control most weeds, including milkweed, without harming the crop. The combination of the genetically modified crop and Roundup provides many environmental benefits. No-till and conservation tillage systems have increased by 50 percent, helping to minimize erosion and run-off, improve soil heath and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These more sustainable systems have contributed to a decline in the availability of milkweeds on agricultural land for sustaining the monarch population. We believe modern agricultural practices can reduce environmental impacts, increase crop productivity, and be compatible with monarch conservation efforts. Restoring monarch habitat and increasing farmers' harvests can be compatible goals. Farming can coexist with natural wonders like monarch butterflies. That's why Monsanto is working with experts from universities, nonprofits and government agencies to find ways to help monarchs.

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Is Roundup eradicating
the Monarch butterfly?

Access to quality habitat including milkweed, a wildflower that sustains the species throughout its development and migration, is required to support a healthy and resilient monarch population. Roundup herbicide used in Roundup Ready systems enables farmers to control most weeds, including milkweed, without harming the crop. The combination of the genetically modified crop and Roundup provides many environmental benefits. No-till and conservation tillage systems have increased by 50 percent, helping to minimize erosion and run-off, improve soil heath and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These more sustainable systems have contributed to a decline in the availability of milkweeds on agricultural land for sustaining the monarch population. We believe modern agricultural practices can reduce environmental impacts, increase crop productivity, and be compatible with monarch conservation efforts. Restoring monarch habitat and increasing farmers' harvests can be compatible goals. Farming can coexist with natural wonders like monarch butterflies. That's why Monsanto is working with experts from universities, nonprofits and government agencies to find ways to help monarchs.

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Why do you think you can beat Mother
Nature? She will win in the end.

Farmers and ranchers are traditional stewards of the land, putting them in a unique position to help support a sustainable monarch population. As a result, they can implement practices to expand, enhance and protect milkweed habitat on range lands, conservation lands, and other non-crop areas adjacent to productive farms. Monsanto supports productive agriculture and livestock operations in concert with monarch conservation. We try to find new solutions to challenges in agriculture, just like people involved in trying to grow food have always done. One important challenge today is making progress to restore, enhance and protect monarch habitat. We believe engaging in voluntary habitat conservation is a win-win for everyone, and will help to ensure productive lands and a resilient monarch population for future generations.

View Original Question

Why do you think you can beat Mother
Nature? She will win in the end.

Farmers and ranchers are traditional stewards of the land, putting them in a unique position to help support a sustainable monarch population. As a result, they can implement practices to expand, enhance and protect milkweed habitat on range lands, conservation lands, and other non-crop areas adjacent to productive farms. Monsanto supports productive agriculture and livestock operations in concert with monarch conservation. We try to find new solutions to challenges in agriculture, just like people involved in trying to grow food have always done. One important challenge today is making progress to restore, enhance and protect monarch habitat. We believe engaging in voluntary habitat conservation is a win-win for everyone, and will help to ensure productive lands and a resilient monarch population for future generations.

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Is biodiversity affected by crops that
have been genetically modified?

GM crops can help boost biodiversity by reducing agriculture's impacts on the land. For example, farmers using GM crops can often be more efficient with their resources, growing food on less land, reducing the need to convert more land for farming. Check out how we are working alongside farmers, consumers, universities, nonprofits and others to bring diverse perspectives to preserve biodiversity.

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Is biodiversity affected by crops that
have been genetically modified?

GM crops can help boost biodiversity by reducing agriculture's impacts on the land. For example, farmers using GM crops can often be more efficient with their resources, growing food on less land, reducing the need to convert more land for farming. Check out how we are working alongside farmers, consumers, universities, nonprofits and others to bring diverse perspectives to preserve biodiversity.

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