In 1996, an estimated 1 billion monarch butterflies migrating to forests in central Mexico covered nearly 50 acres. But in 2013, they only covered the area about the size of a football field.
Studies show that, due to the widespread spraying of toxic herbicides made by Monsanto and other agrochemical manufacturers, the monarch butterfly population is on the brink of collapse. But there’s hope to save this iconic black-and-orange butterfly from extinction.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently considering listing monarchs as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) which would secure stronger protections for the butterfly and its habitat. We must act now to convince the agency to protect monarchs before it’s too late.