Monsanto funds monarch butterfly conservation
Monsanto has agreed to contribute $3.6 million over three years to the US National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's monarch butterfly conservation fund. It is the first company to contribute to the fund. It will match contributions from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to support habitat restoration, education, outreach and milkweed seed production. The FWS has agreed to review the status of the monarch butterfly to see if it should be placed on the federal list of endangered species. The move came in response to a petition from environmentalist groups last year claiming that a steep decline in monarch butterfly numbers was due to extensive use of the herbicide, glyphosate, on genetically modified glyphosate-tolerant crops. They linked the expansion of the crops to the loss of milkweed habitat, which provides the sole food source for monarch butterfly larvae.