GMO Mosquitoes! What Will They Think of Next?

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If you thought genetically modified food was bad enough, think again. Now they are coming out with genetically modified mosquitoes and intend to let them loose in Florida!

I really thought this was a joke when I first saw the headlines. But no. It’s for real.

Oxitec, a British company, wants to use the Florida Keys as a testing ground for releasing GE mosquitoes in the U.S., with plans to release millions of these experimental mosquitoes into the open environment.

Oxitec claims that the genetically engineered mosquitoes might help control mosquitoes that may carry dengue fever. While trying to control the spread of dengue is important, independent scientists aren’t even sure the plan to release these GE mosquitoes will work!

At this point, it’s all risk and no reward. Where are the safety studies?

Residents of the Florida Keys have been vocal in their opposition to this risky experiment and now they need your help to take the message to the FDA. Please help.

Add your voice today! Tell FDA to say NO to GE mosquitoes!

There are still many unanswered questions about the impact of these GE insects on our environment. Independent scientists have raised serious concerns about the impacts the GE mosquito could have on the health of people and on sensitive ecosystems.

I can’t help but think about the potential for disaster here. The spread of anything can be rapid when there is a vector such as a mosquito carrying it.

We need independent, transparent safety assessments and a regulatory system equipped to deal with the novel risks from these experimental mosquitoes before they are released into our environment.

This is a nightmare and many things can go awry. I can’t help but picture the parting images in the movie Jurassic Park, where the dinosaurs – that were supposedly not able to reproduce – had in fact, done just that. We just can’t predict the outcome and safety of this experiment on the land and the people of the Florida Keys.

This is similar. It’s a crap shoot. We just don’t know what can happen and once millions of mosquitoes (of all things) are released there is no going back.

We justcan’t predict how this can be contained. After all, mosquitoes fly.

I don’t know about you, but I would not want to be bitten by a genetically modified mosquito.

Unfortunately, the U.S. has no laws on the books to assess or regulate genetically engineered insects or animals — only antiquated regulations meant for “new animal drugs.” These regulations are simply not adequate to address the GE mosquito experiment. The FDA must ensure that health and environmental concerns are addressed and at a minimum put in place strong, updated regulations before deciding whether to allow this risky experiment to move forward.

Add your voice today! Tell FDA to say NO to GE mosquitoes!

Let’s not allow them to spoil the Florida Keys!

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  • Susan Weinberg March 11, 2015, 1:44 pm

    Hi Jill, Very odd that a company from the UK would be doing that in Florida: a state teeming with mosquitos. I believe the UK is too far north to have mosquitoes. At least in July in Norway I didn’t see not one fly or a mosquito. They don’t even need screens on their windows. And the UK is not too far from Norway.

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    • Jill March 11, 2015, 3:01 pm

      Hi Susan,
      Yes, I guess that is why a UK company would look to Florida.

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  • Susan Weinberg March 12, 2015, 2:39 pm

    Jill, when you mentioned the reference to “Jurassic Park”, when I read that to my husband, he just howled. But you’re correct. It’s a roll of the dice.

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  • Raia March 14, 2015, 8:41 pm

    I lived in southern/central Florida most of my life and never once heard of anyone getting dengue fever there. How would releasing these mosquitoes in a place where the disease is not prevalent prove anything?

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    • Jill March 15, 2015, 11:14 am

      Hi Raia,
      Maybe they are testing dengue but have plans for other diseases…

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  • Chimonger April 30, 2015, 5:21 pm

    Been bitten by disease-carrying mosquitos, and ticks, and suffered long-term after-effects [lifetime, it seems] – and learning that most Docs and clinics are worse than clueless about what diseases are carried by mosquitos.
    Worse? Because they don’t even try to look for what it is, or culture anything about it. They tell you to go home, you’ll “get over it”. Worse, because even if they did accidentally care enough to figure out what it was, there’s no cure.
    FAR more diseases with lifelong adverse impacts [like Lyme’s disease, etc. parasite and germ diseases], are carried by all kinds of bugs.
    One of our worst nightmares should be about things like GE mosquitos….because those will cross-breed with existing mosquitos, and we’ll more likely end up with a yet-more-impervious carrier bug, ones which defy getting rid of–if we think mosquitos are difficult now? They could get a lot worse!
    Even ONE of those things let loose, it’s too late.
    How many times have experimental things been let loose? The lists are so long, for so many decades, for plants, insects, germs, etc., it’s mind-boggling. As those have increased in covering the globe, so have diseases that come to humans, animals and plants, because of them.
    I have NEVER heard about any of those things being let loose on the environment, and anything good coming of it.
    WHY can’t scientists be forced to stop doing things ‘just because we can’?
    Too far north for mosquitos? Nope. Extreme latitude has nothing to do with mosquito presence…instead, northern latitudes can breed much larger and more aggressive mosquitos [like those in Alaska], related to the short growing season.
    Because this is a British company, and they are doing this on USA soil, it affects general populations.
    That means, LEGALLY, That company would have to get some sort of INFORMED CONSENT from EVERY citizen, not just in FL, but country-wide. THAT clearly has not happened.
    THEREFORE, I would suppose it’s a Military-Industrial agenda–because they have circumvented the informed consent laws, at the very least [not that they would be truthful about the information shared…], and because Dengue fever is not prevalent in FL [but how about malaria? Other ills?], it might be related to something more covert.
    CONSIDER: mosquitoes bite people and animals for a blood meal, in order to propagate. Mosquitoes can be a great vector for spreading disease. I would be more concerned that this is being done to deliberately spread some experimental disease[s] used for germ warfare, or, some covert method of doing something else. OTHERWISE, this superficial story for What they are doing and Why, lacks the sound of truth.

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