Monsanto – “We Accidentally Decimated The Monarch Butterfly Population”…

Bill Nye Revisits Infamous Monsanto Flip-Flop:

Most people know Bill Nye for his role on his famous kids science show ‘Bill Nye the Science Guy,’ but lately he’s been receiving quite a bit of media attention for his views on topics such as space exploration, evolution, and more, including genetically engineered foods.

When Nye’s thoughts on GMOs first hit the press, he expressed his fervent support for GMO labeling. Then, Nye took a personal visit to Monsanto headquarters, came back and suddenly began to change his tune and suddenly supported the crops.

Now, Nye has released a full episode of follow-up comments on his GMO stance as part of a radio show appearance with co-host Chuck Nice.



And while he hasn’t changed his mind completely, he has admitted that Monsanto may be essentially responsible for the decimation of one of the country’s most iconic insect species, the monarch butterfly.

Nye Admits Glyphosate is Decimating Monarchs…

Bill Nye Revisits Infamous Monsanto Flip-Flop: "We Accidentally Decimated the Monarch Butterfly Population"...

Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s flagship Roundup weedkiller, has been called a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization and is now sprayed en masse on genetically engineered crops designed to withstand them in a laboratory.

Aside from the widespread risk of cancer and disease this poses, beneficial insects are being wiped out, as Nye admitted on the show according to this article from EcoWatch.com:

“People developed this herbicide called glyphosate that kills all the weeds, and kills all of everything except the plants that have this cool gene in them that allows them to grow right through it,” Nye said. “We also killed the milkweed, and the milkweed is what the monarch butterflies rely on. So we accidentally have decimated the monarch butterfly population, reduced it over the last two decades by 90 percent … We don’t want that where you are accidentally wiping out a potential pollinator species.”

He also spoke out about the risks posed by monoculture farming, which is practiced across the U.S. to grow massive amounts of GMO corn for ethanol use, feeding animals, and making processed foods.

“And the other unintended consequence [is] monoculture farming. Enormous tracts of a single type of plant make it very hard for bees, as pollinators, to get the job done,” Nye said. “They got to go there, do that one crop, then there’s nothing to do. And somebody puts them back in a box and puts them in a truck and takes them to a different crop, and they just get beaten up, they can’t handle it.”

Nye went on to say that there is “good and bad” in regards to this system of agriculture, and then went on to justify it by saying that the world is at 7.2 billion people currently with the number projected to rise to 9.2 billion; “so you’re going to have to do something to feed them,” he continued (editor’s note: the UN has already said that small-scale natural farming is the way to feed the world, not GMOs, and the world throws away roughly half of its food indicating that production is not the problem, which makes Nye’s comments especially surprising).

Additional GMO Comments

While admitting the adverse environmental effects of the current farming system, Nye also continued his support for GMOs in regards to their production capabilities.

In addition, he went on to say that the Non-GMO movement has its place, saying “we’ll let the marketplace sort that out..” when asked about whether organic can be “economically competitive” or not. For more on Nye’s comments and to listen to his radio show, you can check out the full EcoWatch article by clicking here (via MarchAgainstMonsanto).

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Bees and Moths and Butter flies are gone here in Ireland….very sad.who remembers the porch light or the street lamp and all the Moths,or the flowers in the Garden buzzin with bees….,?..GONE..;-(

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Why did it take so long, we’ve known for 2 decades or more

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I read Rachael Carson so long ago. Sad we didn’t listen to her.

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Greed doesn’t listen to wisdom. ????

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Bees, butterflies and moths are very scarce here in New Mexico thanks to Monsanto and their damn pesticides! We need them to pollinate our crops!

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World criminals.

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Oops… sorry…accident done on purpose ….yibbadi yabbadi yibbadi thats all folks!!!!!!????

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Monsanto is known throughout the world as the ,”KILLER COMPANY”. Any one whom does business or isw affiliated with this company must be boycoted and shunned.

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Patricia Jackson

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Most business dont care they only care about there bottom line

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Accidentally my ass!

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WHAT ABOUT THE BEES??!!!!!

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Monsanto do not give a damn.

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When does this stop

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And, Big Brother had us all worried about saving the bald eagles when the legal use of DDT was actually killing them!

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Monoculture.
It’s all about money making, not feeding people.
We can feed ourselves with an acre of land and some time.
You know….. the things our grandparents did.

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There is no accidentally about it. Monsanto knew a long time ago what that garbage would do and lied about it.

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They have reduced the world

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LIARS!!! No accident!

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People who want ” perfect lawns” applied that stuff….stop buying this company’s products…stop mowing every damn plant down

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“Flight Behaviour” by Barbara Kingsolver if you like your science as a novel.

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Accidentally…REALLY?? I better run to put on my wadders & quickly unroll them all the way upwards to avoid the deep river of bullshit that we’re stepping in from getting on me…

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Decimate means to reduce by one tenth. this is more like a massacre.

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I’ve only seen 1 here in upstate NY so far this year. And no honey bees.

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The consequences of using any of the herbicides or insecticides on the market are much more far-reaching than this one instance.

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Of course the article did not bother to add the years of over development and removing of nature habitat for both the monarch and milkweed. Atypical Ecosnippet one horse show. Blame all wrongs on one item when their is a whole host of items that are affecting an ecosystem it would be nice it they actually had a scientist on board.

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Go away Bill. Fake scientist!

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Decimate ; to kill one in every ten – so if these insects were decimated there would have been a 10% reduction in numbers!

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Ain’t no f*****g accidents these days.

They know full well what they are doing!

None of it for our good!

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ACCIDENTALLY!!!??? My A$$!!

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As a “brand” product, glyphosate is called Round-Up. Monsanto developed GMO corn, soy, wheat, cotton, etc., so their crop fields could be sprayed with Round-Up, killing all vegetation without harming the crop. They market these seeds under such names as “Round-Up Ready” corn, etc. The ground and crops are saturated when they are sprayed, and the herbicide remains on the harvested crop and is also taken up via the roots. This was proven to me when my yard man “helpfully” sprayed it on some poison ivy at the base of a rose bush. Not only did the poison ivy die, but so did the rose. A year later, the rose on the other side up and croaked, and 3 years later, the one on the other side died. It took that long for their root to reach the contaminated soil under the first rose. Bottom line is, unless you’re eating certified non-GMO food, you’re probably eating glyphosate, also called Round-Up, which is a known carcinogen and monarch butterfly killer. So, look for the non-GMO sticker, or buy organic, which is better On your food. Avoid foods with high fructose CORN syrup (guess what kind of corn it’s made from?). Or, buy from a local organic farmer. Best yet is to grow your own chemical free food so you know what’s in it. It’s much tastier than the grocery store “fake food” and you get exercise and fresh air while working in the garden. It’s a win-win.

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no, this was NOT an accident…it was greed and not caring…

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That’s not all that your products and culture have decimated, Monsanto. Why not talk about the Monsanto seed wars in which you sued farmers whose land had some of your Franken-plants from seed that blew over into their property. Talk about putting small farmers out of business from paying legal fees and being driven in to poverty. Total bullshit.

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Accidentally my aas. They arw poisonimg all wildlife ans ua too! ?

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Systemic pesticides are very dangerous as arw others. France has banned then and their ecosystems are recovering so should we…. But these companys are very powerful and dangerous its about power and money.

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Way to not see the forest for the trees. Unfortunately we depend on the forests you have destroyed

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You don’t know what you are talking about. The Monarchs are being decimated because the ignorant Mexicans are cutting down the forests where they spend the Winter. You people will believe anything that idiot says.

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Accidentally??? I truly doubt it.

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Roundup is bad news.

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Mickey O’Haher

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Oh darn. Who could have predicted that….

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Oh so they don’t know everything

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Should be massive fines given and that money should go back into trying to correct the wrong.

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No celebrity that wants to stay one can ever talk bad about GE tech or GMO foods. All the advertising dollars coming in from these companies and the companies that use their garbage in the food they sell just won’t have it

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    The US government agencies permitted Monsanto to test “Roundup” in house. The trial, which lasted only 90 days, pronounced it safe and Monsanto for years even marketed it as “biodegradable” until a court judgement found this claim to be false! Many former Monsanto employees still migrating into government agencies like the DEA and EPA via the “revolving door” propbably!

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    Nick Proctor not to mention Clarence , Monsanto’s own supreme court judge.

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Seen this Colin Stanley

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    Amazed it took this long for them to figure this out really,unlike bumblebees, butterfly larvae are plant specific, so each species will only feed from one or 2 different plants, remove those plants and the populations are bound to drop.

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Why is a photo of Bill Nye being shown here? He supports the use of GMOs and equates genetic engineering to natural selection.

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Accidentally? Mnm?

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Someone’s going to accidentally poison their coffee too, just wait and see.

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I hate the use of the word ‘accidentally’ here; it was no accident to promote and market a toxic substance that killed all broad-leaved plants. It was perfectly obvious that that would mean the decimation of the species that relied on those plants.

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Bill Nye the actor guy.

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And this from the company who think they should be allowed to take over control of farming worldwide…!

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ooops !! can we say fuck mosanto at that point ??

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I still have milkweed all over my property and no monarchs seem to want to graze it ;). They do migrate thru here though .

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Accident my ass they knew what they were doing they just don’t care. Money talks just ask Bill Ney he sold out to them for money.

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After reading the article, sounds like he’s wishy-washy on this herbicide. Yes people have to be fed. Yes too much food is wasted. Yes we need pollinators to grow food.

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I have wondered why I seldom see them here anymore.

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Screw you Monsanto for helping send butterflies the way of the Unicorn.

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Australia has massive monarch populations they also have milkweed and roundup . Seems something isn’t right

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I hope and pray that Monsanto and all those involved get “accidentally decimated” soon

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Accident…..my ass!!!

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Bill, I used to like you…but now you seem like a bought off Dick!

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Amy Ellis these cunts

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It was actually predicted by ecologists that the loss of habitat for monarchs would be decimated by the use of herbicides. No accident there at all, only people who refused to listen to scientists.

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I planted milkweed in my garden, and now I have Monarchs flitting about.

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The problem with chemicals is that they don’t have brains. So they find it a bit hard to distinguish between “weeds” and every other plant species. Furthermore, what we call “weeds” is food for thousands of other species, so clearly, if you are going to stick poison on a weed, that poison will seep into the ground, it will kill other plants, it will affect the biodiversity, it will kill (“accidentally” or not) other species and round and round it goes.
But we should not just be pointing fingers at Monsanto. It doesn’t take a genius to figure this out.

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His own show says,”I’m not a real doctor. I have a master’s degree in science.” And he is not much of a scholar or a brainy person. He could grow a back bone, but nope.

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And it causes cancers in humans

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bête et méchant Monsanto … vraiment démoniaque

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Nothing monsatan has done has been an accident. It has all been for greed and the love of money. I curse the finances of monsanto and declare the end of this evil company, in Jesus name. I curse the roots of this evil empire to collapse, wither, and die. Father, take away the wealth of this evil organization and put it in the hands of those who will build Your kingdom and spread Your gospel. Amen

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Nothing monsatan has done has been an accident. It has all been for greed and the love of money. I curse the finances of monsanto and declare the end of this evil company, in Jesus name. I curse the roots of this evil empire to collapse, wither, and die. Father, take away the wealth of this evil organization and put it in the hands of those who will build Your kingdom and spread Your gospel. Amen

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A “must share”. And they act like the bee problem is such a mystery. Insecticide is obvious.

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A “must share”. And they act like the bee problem is such a mystery. Insecticide is obvious.

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