Once again, Oxitec has failed to adequately respond to our health and safety concerns about GMO mosquitoes. With no human health or environmental impact studies, it’s still full speed ahead.
Eighteen months into a similar experiment in Brazil, the local mosquito population actually INCREASED, and the GMO skeeters that were supposed to self destruct, actually spread their GMO genes into the wild population. Yale scientists tell us that these new hybridized mosquitoes are potentially more robust and could make things worse, not better. Physicians tell us that they are deeply concerned about what could happen if these GMO mosquitoes, which are raised using the antibiotic tetracycline, are released. They worry that antibiotic resistant bacteria could develop and spread, rendering this important antibiotic useless.
In normal times this could be a disaster. Yet here we are in the midst of the worst ongoing pandemic of modern times when antibiotics are more important than ever, and Oxitec and their friends at the FKMCD don’t seem to notice.
The Florida Keys Mosquito control board is expected to vote to approve the release of these frankenbugs at their upcoming meeting next Tuesday.