Oxitech, a UK biotechnology firm, is planning the first US release of genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes! Who ever heard of those? The release is planned this month in the Florida Keys! Since the US is not a party to the Cartegena Protocol on BioSafety which governs international biotech regulation, it is unclear which US agency, if any, will review the firm’s biotech assessment.
5,000 – 10,000 GE mosquitoes will be released in an undisclosed 36-acre location supposedly near the Key West Cemetery, across the street from my girlfriend’s house! I wonder if my girlfriend or any of the Key West residents were asked their opinions about this or consented? Mosquitoes don’t just eat other mosquitoes and they are a part of the food chain so the GE ones will be devoured by other animal species, or worse, they will bite animals and humans!
What amount of testing has been done on the results of these toxic chemicals being introduced into the human body through bites or what will happen when this one strain of mosquito disappears…will another, more dangerous strain take its place? Those who remember the “love bug” research and subsequent release of those bugs understand how these GE mosquitoes can easily multiply to cover an unimaginable area.
Read the full article from Friends of the Earth yourself and add your thoughts in the comment section. I don’t believe I am the only one alarmed by this “experiment”!