[Leps-l] The Xerces Society Announces the 2016 Joan Mosenthal DeWind Award Winners

Roger Kuhlman rkuhlman at hotmail.com
Tue Mar 29 16:21:32 EDT 2016

Anecdotal. I would rather not hear about pesticide salesmanship. Thanks.

Roger Kuhlman
Ann Arbor, Michigan

From: monarch at saber.net
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2016 15:54:43 -0700
To: leps-l at mailman.yale.edu
Subject: Re: [Leps-l] The Xerces Society Announces the 2016 Joan Mosenthal	DeWind Award Winners

Monarch butterflies
are undergoing a long-term population decline.Although different factors are
hypothesized to cause this decline,one potential factor is the exposure of
their milkweed host plantsto neonicotinoid insecticides when growing in close
proximity toagricultural fields. 
The wildflowers and syriaca milkweed plants that are growing next to the vast corn and soybean fields in the upper Midwest are teaming with monarch butterflies, other butterflies and bumblebees like thisdespite the fact that those crops are grown from neonicotinoid coatedseeds:
So it would be a real stretch look a midwestern farmer in the eye with a straight face and say: “mind if we use your property to try and determineif the neonicotinoid insecticides you use might be a significant cause of the midwestern monarch population decline?”
Paul CherubiniEl Dorado, Calif.

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