[leps-talk] Re: Big Oil, Chemical & Farm Machinery companies providesuperb Monarch Butterfly Breeding Habitat

Dale Roberts/Bill Yule droberts03 at SNET.Net
Tue Aug 13 07:14:24 EDT 2002

The fact that Monarchs are able to survive and even thrive despite the
massive disruptions of the "Industrialization of Agriculture" by
government-financed/taxpayer-subsidized mega-corporate agribusinesses is a
testimony to this amazing "gypsy" butterfly's ability to adapt to a wide
range of disturbances that favor its hostplant.  The oil, chemical and
industrial agricultural business constellation get NO credit for the
Monarchs success.  The credit goes to the butterfly.
Here in southern New England, where what few farms are left are small and
somewhat diversified, the Monarch survives on the hostplant's ability to pop
up in old fields, roadside ditches, suburban developments, the edges of
landfills.  Should we circulate pictures of ditches, suburbs and landfills
now and trumpet their contribution to the health of the Monarch population?
Tens of thousands, if not quite millions of Monarchs pass through southern
Connecticut each fall without the benefit of agribusiness and industrial
strength moncultures.
The point of Nature Preserves is not to create a Milkweed monoculture for
Monarchs.  The point of Nature Preserves is to protect unique and unusual
habitats and the biodiversity they support. Nobody thinks, as you suggest,
that the millions of wintering Monarchs that end up in Mexico and California
come exclusively from Nature Preserves.
As to the suggestion that I'm putting words in your mouth.  Nothing could be
further from the facts.  I simply reacted to an inflamatory (not to mention
ridiculous) post of poltical propaganda that attempted to give credit to big
business for the success of Monarch butterflies. The butterflies thrive
despite agribusiness not because of it.

                                  Bill Yule----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Cherubini" <monarch at saber.net>
To: "Dale Roberts/Bill Yule" <droberts03 at snet.net>
Cc: <robert.dana at dnr.state.mn.us>; <leps-l at lists.yale.edu>;
<TILS-leps-talk at yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Monday, August 12, 2002 8:42 AM
Subject: Re: [leps-talk] Re: Big Oil, Chemical & Farm Machinery companies
providesuperb Monarch Butterfly Breeding Habitat

> Bill Yule wrote:
> > So if I understand your main point Monarchs are butterflies that have
> > adapted to a hostplant that has adapted to open disturbed soil.  And
> > this point, if I understand the implicit suggestion written between the
> > lines of your post, I'm supposed to jump up and cheer for the chemical
> > laden, single crop, Government-sponsored corporate welfare, big
> > dependent agri-business of growing corn to feed cows and soybeans to
> > feed to pigs for the government welfare beef/pork  industries?
> My point is to let people know where the masses of migrating
> monarchs come from that appear each Sept / Oct. in the
> midwestern states and at the overwintering sites in Mexico.
> Most fall migrating monarchs do not come from tracts of land set
> aside as nature preserves. They come from the vast corn and
> soybean crop monocultures found in the upper midwest which are
> created and maintained with the products produced by big oil,
> chemical, biotech and farm machinery companies.
> Paul Cherubini
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