Monarchs and Monoculture in southern Michigan
monarch at saber.net
Sat Aug 20 00:59:25 EDT 2005
Stan Gorodenski wrote:
> Strictly in the tradition of scientific discovery through questioning
> all possibilities, although you may have photos of Monarch caterpillars
> and adults that appear to be healthy having completed, or in the process
> of completing, the life cycle from egg to adult on Milkweed by BT corn
> and Roundup ready Soybeans, are they as fertile, fecund, or viable
> enough to make the long journey to Mexico compared to Monarchs
> not grown near these crops?
Stan, I cannot address your question directly, but I can tell
you that on July 12 on the dplex-list this year Dr. Chip Taylor
wrote that out of a total of 8,190 tag recoveries
at the overwintering sites in Mexico over the past
many years, the top five states that produced the most
recoveries are: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Texas, and Oklahoma
in that order.
Specifically, there were:
1,588 tag recoveries in Mexico of monarchs tagged in Iowa
1,550 tag recoveries in Mexico of monarchs tagged in Kansas
1,075 tag recoveries in Mexico of monarchs tagged in Minnesota
984 tag recoveries in Mexico of monarchs tagged in Texas
301 tag recoveries in Mexico of monarchs tagged in Oklahoma
Now consider that every spring since the year 2001 more than
half of the entire landmass of Iowa and central and southern
Minnesota has been planted in transgenic corn and soybeans.
And also consider that most of the 8,190 tag recoveries
in Mexico were obtained since the year 2001.
In other words, Iowa and Minnesota have consistently
generated a high percentage of tag recoveries in Mexico
over the years, both before (prior to 1996) and after the
widespread adoption (by the year 2001) of transgenic corn
El Dorado, Calif.
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