Florida: 750 million genetically modified insects are to be released. Humans as guinea pigs!

People will be shocked to learn that genetically modified mosquitoes can easily be released into the environment without proper supervision. They are not asked. The people in Africa are experiencing this.

Genetically modified (GM) “male-sterile” mosquitoes are tested here, financed by the European Commission.

The main sponsor is the Gates Foundation. Although the people of Florida have been protesting the genetically modified insects for years, the release of 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes has been approved.
The aim is to reduce the number of mosquitoes that transmit diseases such as dengue fever and the Zika virus. Particularly explosive is the fact that a study shows that the same GM mosquitoes have already been released in Brazil and that this did not affect the spread of dengue fever at all.
After the genetically modified mosquitoes come to the genetically modified cabbage moth.

 

Marathon, FL—The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD) yesterday approved the first-ever U.S. release of genetically engineered mosquitoes. Despite public outcry and the scientific dispute over the human health and environment risks posed by this field trial, the approval permits the release of 750 million GE mosquitoes over a two-year period in Monroe County, Florida, which may begin in 2021.

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board members have received more than 2,000 comments from Florida residents opposing the release of GE mosquitoes.

Despite encouragement from the public, the Board members also rejected the proposal for a referendum on November’s ballot, which would have asked Monroe County residents to vote on whether to accept or reject the GE mosquito trial. In 2016, voters in the proposed release site in Key Haven, Florida, voted to reject the GE mosquito trial.

Neither the FKMCD nor Oxitec* has publicly announced where or when the releases will occur. Documents submitted by Oxitec did not include details about an environmental impact statement (EIS).

“With all the urgent crises facing our nation and the State of Florida — the Covid-19 pandemic, racial injustice, climate change — the administration has used tax dollars and government resources for a Jurassic Park experiment. Now the Monroe County Mosquito Control District has given the final permission needed. What could possibly go wrong? We don’t know, because EPA unlawfully refused to seriously analyze environmental risks, now without further review of the risks, the experiment can proceed,” said Jaydee Hanson, Policy Director for the International Center for Technology Assessment and Center for Food Safety.

“The Mosquito Control Board has an obligation to our community, not a vendor that’s products are risky and untrustworthy. FKMCD wants to proceed with an experiment that may be damaging to public and environmental health and our local economy,” said Barry Wray, Executive Director of the Florida Keys Environmental Coalition. “We need true solutions to benefit our community and ecosystems.”

At Tuesday’s meeting, community members and national organizations critiqued Oxitec’s application for failing to address important environmental risks and potential negative health impacts. Community members asked the FKMCD to reject the field trial application, pointing out the lack of data demonstrating that Oxitec’s mosquitoes will be safe and effective, the likelihood that biting females will be released, thus putting humans and animals at risk, and the lack of free and prior informed consent of people living in the area.

“The release of genetically engineered mosquitoes will needlessly put Floridians, the environment, and endangered species at risk in the midst of a pandemic,” said Dana Perls, food and technology Program Manager at Friends of the Earth.

“This approval is about maximizing Oxitec’s profits, not about the pressing need to address mosquito-borne diseases.”

“The Mosquito Control Board is not equipped to manage this process. Why have they not acquired the appropriate amount of insurance as well as performance and maintenance bonds?” said Ed Russo, President, Florida Keys Environmental Coalition. “Their evasive answers and lack of management skills are an indictment of their unprofessionalism and arrogance which speaks loudly of an unprepared regulatory process.”

Although the FKMDC is focused on reducing mosquito-borne diseases, scientists have raised major concerns that GE mosquitoes could create hybrid wild mosquitoes which could worsen the spread of mosquito-borne diseases and which may be more resistant to insecticides than the original wild mosquitoes.

As highlighted by a public panel of experts speaking on the topic, GE mosquitoes could pose significant threats to sensitive ecosystems in the Florida Keys. A recent field study in Brazil by researchers from the Powell lab at Yale University confirmed that the mosquito’s engineered genes had spread into wild populations of mosquitoes. Recently a group of scholars from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign questioned proceeding with this experiment on scientific and ethical concerns.

Particularly explosive is the fact that a study shows that the same GM mosquitoes have already been released in Brazil and that this did not affect the spread of dengue fever at all. Brazilians were promised that the GM mosquitoes would end dengue fever, but the results from the field trials in Bahia, Brazil were never made public.

People will be shocked to learn that genetically modified mosquitoes can easily be released into the environment without proper supervision. They are not asked. The people in Africa are experiencing this.

Genetically modified (GM) “male-sterile” mosquitoes are tested here, financed by the European Commission.

The main sponsor is the Gates Foundation. Although the people of Florida have been protesting the genetically modified insects for years, the release of 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes has been approved.
The aim is to reduce the number of mosquitoes that transmit diseases such as dengue fever and the Zika virus. Particularly explosive is the fact that a study shows that the same GM mosquitoes have already been released in Brazil and that this did not affect the spread of dengue fever at all.
After the genetically modified mosquitoes come to the genetically modified cabbage moth.

Community and environmental groups condemn the decision citing environmental and health risks, according to the latest news from the United States. Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board (FKMCD) members have received more than 2,000 responses from Florida residents who opposed the release of GE mosquitoes.

At the meeting on August 18, 2020, community members and national organizations criticized Oxitec’s application. Important environmental risks and possible negative health effects were not taken into account.

Community members urged the FKMCD to decline the field test request, highlighting the lack of data to prove that Oxitec’s mosquitoes are safe and effective.

 

https://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press-releases/6038/advocates-challenge-first-ever-genetically-engineered-mosquito-release
https://netzfrauen.org/

*Oxitec: The company was founded in 2002 by graduates from Oxford University (United Kingdom). What Monsanto is in genetically engineered seeds – Oxitec is in genetically engineered insects.
This group has a monopoly in this area.

 

 

My comment: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials are examining whether Cornell University and Oxitec will be allowed to release tens of thousands of GM moths on a 10-acre property in New York. The cabbage moth has already become resistant to 95 different chemical compounds, but why do they want to test them in New York of all places when breeders in southern states such as Georgia and Florida are affected?

Soon we will all experience the fate of the lab animals.
We have the dire premonition that dangerous experiments will be carried out without checking for risks, with us, with our money, without informing us, without asking us.

Even the citizens of Florida do not want to be guinea pigs and yet 750 million genetically modified insects are to be released.
Something like that is called a world dictatorship!

 

My best regards to all, Venus

 

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