Unlikely Allies Join Together to Save the Monarch Butterfly

By Jennifer Shike, Ag Pro.

The world’s largest pork processor and hog producer, Smithfield Foods, Inc., is the first food company to participate in a new program with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) to restore key prairie habitat for monarch butterflies.

Together, these three groups want to help bring back this iconic insect which has experienced a 95% population decline since the 1980s and could be listed as a threatened species by next June. The monarch is currently undergoing what is anticipated to be the largest migration in 10 years. 

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