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Monarch Butterflies! Sign the Petition on Pesticide

A petition on Pesticides:  Sign this petition about stopping DOW’s new pesticide. 

Monsanto’s Roundup has already contributed to the widespread collapse of Monarch butterflies, a major pollinating species. Now Dow Chemical wants to start selling an even more toxic herbicide and GMO corn combination that will be more devastating to this important species. We urge you not to approve the use of this new herbicide.
Why is this important? The widespread use of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide has wiped out milkweed — the primary food for Monarch butterflies — in many parts of the country, leading to the widespread collapse of the species.And now it’s about to get even worse. Dow Chemical is seeking approval from the Environmental Protection Agency for a new toxic cocktail — glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, and “2,4-D,” a component of Agent Orange — to go along with the GMO corn and soybeans they have developed.

Some experts believe if Dow’s new herbicide product is approved, we could see a 25-to-50 fold increase in use of this milkweed-destroying chemical. This would be simply devastating to the remaining Monarch population and to our entire ecosystem.

That’s why we must act now to prevent the EPA from approving this dangerous chemical combination. The public comment period at the EPA ends on June 30, 2014 so this is our chance to convince the EPA to deny Dow’s application.

Will you join me and demand EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy deny Dow’s application for this toxic combination?

There are numerous human health risks associated with this new herbicide that are being debated — but the damage that glyphosate has already done to Monarch butterflies is staggering.

In 1996, an estimated 1 billion Monarch butterflies migrating to a pine valley in Mexico covered nearly 50 acres. Last year they covered the area about the size of a football field. This rapid decline in migrating  Monarchs closely follows an increase in the use of genetically modified crops and the accompanying increase in the use of Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup.

Although supporters of genetically modified crops promised they would lead to a decrease in the use of herbicides, in fact just the opposite has happened. Between 1996 and 2012, the use of the herbicide Roundup has increased 10 fold.

 

References

See the Monarchs:  This is fantastic – http://www.greeneroo.com/?p=3101

Puente Celebrates its 10th Year of Making Differences

Kate Seely and Katherine Lorenz, two young American philanthropists who were fascinated by the nutritional value and economic potential of amaranth, founded Puente in 2003 in Oaxaca, Mexico.

In late 2012, Forbes named Katherine as “an up-and-coming face in philanthropy.”

It’s easy to see why. Some solutions to hunger are so easy to understand and so straight-forward that they make sense instantly. amaranth1Please take a look at the videos on the Puente site they tell the stories from the farmers perstpective.  Here’s the link: in celebration of its 10th anniversary, Puente created a 4-minute video that communicates Puente’s special story (http://www.puentemexico.org/index.php/multi-media).

I’ve eaten this ancient grain in cereal, and it can easily be added to the cereal you currently eat. The composition of amaranth makes it easy to realize that this plant is a life-saver in poor villages, and a health booster all over the world.

The importance of Amaranth is highlighted in recent stories and broadcasts. Michele Maisto wrote a healthy article on the “Aztec Superfood” way back in ’11.  The crop is gluten-free and nutritious with extremely high values of the essential amino acid lysine — and amaranth contains significantly more calcium, iron, fiber, magnesium, and protein than common cereals like oats, rice, sorghum, wheat, and rye.

This wholesale effort was kicked off by Kate and Katherine ten years ago when they founded Puente in 2003. Their participatory community intervention model for food sovereignty and sustainability is helping to make amaranth the “crop of now.”

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