“Despite strong opposition, the EPA approved Oxitec’s controversial GE mosquitoes in the Florida Keys in May. Now Oxitec is proposing to extend the experiment and start releases in California as part of their nationwide rollout.
GE mosquitoes carry unprecedented dangers for the health of Americans and our environment.
Previous trials in Brazil, Cayman Islands, Panama, and Malaysia failed to reduce disease rates, and results proved the safety assurances by Oxitec and EPA were false.
Oxitec exposed millions of residents in these four nations despite guaranteeing that GE mosquitoes would not be released.
Oxitec promised that the mosquitoes would die off once the releases were terminated. Independent tests confirmed they permanently changed the mosquito gene pool, creating genetic hybrids with unknown characteristics.
One would think such a lethal technology would face the most rigorous scrutiny, but the EPA conducted a shoddy, non-transparent assessment that relied almost exclusively on data submitted by Oxitec.
This is a national and global issue. We need your voice to hammer this one home unequivocally.”