Mary Ellen Ryall: Tracking the monarch butterfly through corporate killing fields

By Nick Vander Puy
Reserve, Wisconsin (IndianCountryTV)

Mary Ellen Ryall champions the monarch butterfly by attempting to preserve habitat and defend the creature and us against corporate, mono-culture farming.  She's gave a talk September 25th, 2009 at the LCO casino about her trip west following the monarch butterfly migration.  

When they got to Kansas they saw corporate, Angus beef killing fields with animals standing in their own feces, not a blade of grass anywhere, nothing but a mono-culture of corn and sorghum, with almost no bio-diversity, and no monarch butterflies.

Along with Ryall Joel Salatin, featured in Michael Pollan's best selling "Omnivore's Dilemma," talked about raising beef on grass through rotational grazing. No corn or chemicals are used to feed the animals.

Sandy Stein from the Bad River Reserve talked from personal experience about raising the three sisters, corn, beans, and squash.


"When we hit the corn mono-culture the pollinators like butterflies could not survive." 


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