August 7, 2020 | StopGMM.com | Link To Sign Petition |
500,000,000 genetically modified mosquitoes
will be released in the Florida keys
175,000 per household over 12 months
“The gene-spliced mosquitoes will include biting females, and YES, their bite carries unknown risks to your health.
Whether the bites turn out to actually be more toxic or allergenic, or if they are simply believed to be, this massive mosquito release threatens the future of tourism to the region. It could seriously damage our economy for years or decades to come.
The stated purpose of the release is to reduce the population of a small subset of natural mosquitoes by causing their female larvae to die. But based on past releases of mosquitoes by the same company, Oxitec, their technology probably won’t work at all.
Furthermore, even though Oxitec claimed that its mosquitoes would simply die out after the experiment was over, studies proved them wrong. They permanently altered the genetic makeup of natural mosquitoes, which could have serious consequences for health and the environment.
This is just one of the areas where Oxitec either got the science all wrong, or intentionally lied to the public and to government bodies.”
Just to be clear, this dangerous release is not designed to reduce the general pest population or reduce the use of insecticide. And the technology is not designed for use in case of an outbreak of disease. The main beneficiary of releasing genetically modified mosquitoes is Oxitec, the company that takes our tax dollars to produce them.
There are other mosquito suppression strategies that consistently work better, and do not expose our health and environment to the potential dangers of genetic engineering.
If this dangerous and irresponsible release goes forward, everyone who lives in or visits the Florida Keys, and anyone who is eventually exposed to the genetically modified mosquitoes wherever they migrate, is part of an uncontrolled experiment—without their consent and without anyone’s ability to stop it. The only way to opt out is to make sure it never happens.”