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Scientific sleight of hand and monarch butterflies

| | March 28, 2013
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A recent article entitled “Monsanto v Monarch Butterflies” begins by examining the argument that GMO foods are impacting the population of Monarch butterflies.  There are enough references and quotes that indicate that this assertion isn’t particularly viable and that it isn’t likely that Bt toxin plays any role in the issues facing Monarchs.

[But], in the end, this article didn’t refute the issue of population decline in Monarch butterflies.  It may have made the argument that Bt toxins aren’t responsible, but when it came time to examine all the ramifications, we got the typical political response.  “It’s not our fault, if people [in this case farmers] don’t use it properly”.

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View the original article here: Scientific Sleight Of Hand And Monarch Butterflies

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