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52 Congress members sign letter warning of GMOs killing monarch butterflies

By Heyes: (NaturalNews) Dozens of House Democrats have signed onto a letter sent to President Obama claiming that the spread of GM crops is leading to the death of monarch butterflies.

The letter,[PDF] authored by Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine, says that the butterflies are "in peril of being lost to the history books" in large part because of the "virtual eradication" of milkweed plants from their primary breeding grounds in the Midwest.

Monsanto's Roundup and GMOs are killing off monarch butterflies

By Wilson: NaturalNews) Monarch butterflies, sometimes referred to as the "king" of butterflies, are struggling to stay alive, their situation so dire that the Center for Biological Diversity has filed a petition requesting that they be considered an endangered species that requires special protection to survive.

The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is reviewing the petition and will decide whether it's necessary and what more can be done to restore their population, reports The Washington Post.

Why monarch butterflies’ numbers are in freefall

In an average year, 350 million monarch butterflies are seen wintering in Mexico. This winter, there were only about 60 million – a difference of more than 80 per cent, according to an official count by the World Wildlife Fund and the Mexican government.