Monarchs and Monoculture in southern Michigan
neil at nwjones.demon.co.uk
Fri Aug 26 07:21:33 EDT 2005
On Friday 26 August 2005 06:57, Paul Cherubini wrote:
> Ed Reinertsen wrote:
> > E = Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio
> > A = Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia
> > Numbers & Year of Monarchs Tagged and Recovered in Mexico
> > 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
> > E - 44 E - 164 E - 37 E - 974 E - 87 E - 854 E - 70
> > A - 5 A - 34 A - 3 A - 84 A - 8 A - 131 A - 1
> > Hope this helps? Clear as mud
> Wow, great job Ed! Everyone can see at a glance there was no
> fundamental change in the tag recovery data after 2001 (after
> the year when transgenic corn and soybeans.had become the
> dominant crops grown in the upper Midwest) as compared to
> before 2001.
> Paul Cherubini
> El Dorado, Calif.
As you very well know the major factor influencing monarch tag recoveries is
the weather in Mexico. Despite knowing that your argument is false, you have
still insisted on posting it. These figures are meaningless in determing the
effect of transgenic soybeans.
It is a really simple argument. Transgenic soya is created so that farmers can
spray the crop with Glyphosate which kills all the weeds but not the
soybeans. When they do this it the weeds _including_ the milkWEED, which the
monarch caterpillars eat, die. This means less milkweed for monarch
caterpillars. It is that simple.
Even if Milkweed persists on the field margins for a few years, population
dynamic research would indicate that those populations may be subject to
decline over the long termbecause of the isolating effects of reducing
habitat patch size. This, unlike your jolly jaunts with a digital camera, is
well documented proven research.
For goodness sake wise up and stop being so silly.
Neil Jones- Neil at nwjones.demon.co.uk http://www.butterflyguy.com/
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