Tell the FDA that you DO NOT CONSENT to the release of genetically engineered mosquitoes anywhere in the U.S. Make your comment to the FDA today, because once these genetically engineered mosquitoes are released into the environment they cannot be recalled! The FDA is currently accepting comments on the potential release of genetically engineered mosquitoes in the Florida Keys until April 12th.
The Florida Keys Project is purportedly to combat Dengue Fever by reducing the population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes via the release of non-reproducing genetically modified mosquitoes. However, the project description admits that Dengue fever is not currently an active health threat in the Florida Keys.[i]
Authorities in the Florida Keys understandably want to control mosquito population in this popular vacation spot without spraying, but locals say this is “wildly experimental” and fraught with unnecessary risk.
Residents have listed several concerns:[ii]
- The Aedes aegypti mosquito is not native to the Keys.
- Future resistance problems when certain mosquitoes don’t actually die off [and what problems would that pose for potential disease too]?
- The mosquitoes’ effect on the bat population that feeds on them.
- Where are the peer-reviewed safety studies to support Oxitec’s safety claims?
- Could other disease-carrying mosquitoes fill in the void left by a dwindled Aedes aegypti population?
Almost 75%, of the residents surveyed in the planned release area oppose genetically engineered mosquitoes. Over 162,000 people have signed a petition opposing the release of these mosquitoes. Over 100 signs have been posted on the lawns of residents, in the area these mosquitoes are planned for release, bearing the message “NO CONSENT To Release Of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes”.
[i] Oxitec.com ((2016). Florida Keys Project. http://www.oxitec.com/health/florida-keys-project/
[ii] ReadyNutrition.com (2014). GM Mosquitos to be Released in the U.S. http://readynutrition.com/resources/gm-mosquitos-to-be-released-in-the-u-s_11122014/