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New billboard warning of GM Mosquitoes

WILL FLORIDA ALLOW GENETICALLY-MODIFIED-MOSQUITOES? Not a good idea and a Pandora's Box for MANY reasons, including that GMM supplier 'Oxitec' lacks competency and integrity. Jim

"…growing opposition to the pending decision about the release of millions of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes (GMMs) in Monroe County, Florida. The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is expected to vote on the release tomorrow afternoon, July 21, 2020, at its public meeting…

"The EPA first rejected the release of these experimental mosquitoes, and then replaced all knowledgeable personnel and approved GM mosquitoes with new personnel for environmental release…

"Although documents submitted by British company Oxitec, owned by venture capital firm Third Security, LLC, claim that they will not release female mosquitoes, a recent study from the Powell Lab at Yale University found that the GM female mosquitoes were not sterile as Oxitec claimed, and that the offspring of the company's genetically modified mosquitoes survived into adulthood. The study also raised major concerns that GM mosquitoes could create hybrid wild mosquitoes, which may worsen the spread of disease and be more resistant to insecticides than the original wild mosquitoes. In the wake of Powell's discoveries, Oxitec has publicly contradicted their previous claims, admitting females were released and hybrid species are expected…

"Recent trials in the Cayman resulted in the rejection of the Oxitec technology and 128 pages of emails
released from Chief Scientist, Dr. Allan Wheeler, for the Cayman Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU), who oversaw the testing. The emails exposed the numerous misrepresentation and scientific performance issues experienced during the trial. Oxitec has never addressed the conflict or disparity of their performance claims, versus the actual data collected.

"The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is expected to vote on the rejection or approval of Oxitec's proposed genetically modified mosquito field trial on Tuesday, July 21, at 5pm EST. The public may offer public comments during the meeting via the agency's website."

New billboard warning of GM Mosquitoes

For Immediate Release: New billboard warning of GM Mosquitoes in the Florida Keys