In an effort to help eradicate dengue fever and the mosquitos that spread it, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD) is seeking federal and state approval to release hundreds of thousands of genetically-modified (GM) mosquitos designed to kill off the natural Aedes aegypti variety of the fly throughout Key West, Florida.

Read: Gmo Mosquitos and the Depopulation Agenda
The agency, which already routinely performs aerial sprayings of the area with anti-mosquito chemicals, believes it will save money in the long run by releasing the GM mosquitos. Rather than spend $400,000 or more a year to conduct the aerial sprayings, FKMCD says it would instead only have to spend $200,000 to $300,000 a year on the GM mosquitos.

Created by U.K.-based insect eradication company Oxitec, the GM mosquitos have been created with an added gene that, unless they are given the antibiotic tetracycline, will automatically kill them. When they mate with wild mosquitos, these GM mosquitos also pass on this gene to the offspring, which is intended to gradually decrease the population of wild mosquitos over time.

If approved, the release of GM mosquitos in Key West will represent the first ever release of a GM creature in the U.S., and on a trial basis where scientists really have no idea what will happen. Like all other GMOs, it is unknown whether or not the GM mosquitos will have a detrimental effect on the environment or humans, or how killing of large amounts of mosquitos will disrupt the life cycles of natural ecosystems.

Similar trials involving the release of GM mosquitos have already occurred in both the Cayman Islands and in Malaysia, according to reports. In the Cayman Islands, Oxitec secretly released the mosquitos without approval, and did not notify the public that it was conducting a massive ecological experiment that could have potentially life-altering consequences until a year after the GM mosquitos were released (http://www.naturalnews.com/030449_mosquitos_Cayman_Islands.html).

Though the vast majority of the GM mosquitos being released are male, which do not bite humans, a small percentage of them are female. So looking at the situation just from a human health perspective, what are the risks involved with a human getting bitten by a GM mosquito? Nobody really knows, as Oxitec has not conducted any long-term research on the safety of GM mosquitos interacting with other creatures or with humans.

Mosquitos, as annoying as they can be, also play a critical role in the food chain, and particularly the animal food chain. They also serve as plant and crop pollinators, without which we may not be able to grow food.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.keysnet.com

http://www.activistpost.com

http://www.keysmosquito.org/

 Originally Posted On Natural News
  
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19 comments:

  1. When are the Americans going to be happy? When they have Gm'ed the entire planet and everyone is dead?????

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    1. yeah quit whinging about 'Americans'. While the companies that are doing this may have originated in the US, you will find that stock in the company is owned all over the world.

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    2. Please don't put American's in the same category as our law makers. I am an American, but am completely disgusted by my nation's representatives' decisions across the board. We do not like our government. Many of us hate it. Myself included. Anarchism is the way to go but there's no way these fucking children in office will give up power.

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    3. Have you seen south park´s episode: "I´m a little bit country? This is the description of the end: "Franklin believes that the new country must not seem to be a war-monger to the rest of the world; at the same time it cannot seem to be weak either. Therefore it must go to war, but allow protests. The United States will go to war on one hand, and use protest to oppose the war on the other. He refers to the this as "saying one thing" and "doing another".

      I think that´s exactly what happens with US american (by the way america is a all continent don´t be narcicist) you allow your "law makers" do whatever they want and then want to look "libertarians" saying that you don´t support those decisions. But who reelected Bush after 9/11? All of you dumb people!!

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    4. Created by U.K.-based insect eradication company Oxitec, duhhhhhhhhh reread it us did not i repeat make them hello ............................

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  2. not all americans approve of things like this. i dont

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  3. Don't frogs inhabit the areas where mosquitos hatch and do they not depend on them for food? Just one example of why this could be a bad idea. Could this not have a chain reaction effect on creatures in wetlands?

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  4. It supprizes me that the best minds the world has to offer come up with ideas like this. Very Ill-uminatining.

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  5. Nobody approves it if it is real. Either no believes things like this, nobody knows, or nobody gives a shit about the repercussions of things that at the immediate moment don't seem to affect them in any way.

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  6. Take a vitamin D pill a day if you don't want to be bitten by mosquitos. But leave Mother Nature alone... else we muck up the food chain!

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  7. wasn't the love bug already a gm'ed creature? and now the south is swarming with them. so how is this the first the US is releasing a genetically made creature?

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    1. badly written story. Mosquitoes don't pollenate anything because they don't fly from blossom to blossom either.

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  8. Yes, the Univ. of Fla. decided to create a sterile female mosquito with a double helping of pheromones and drive to reproduce. What they got was a really horny, really prolific bug with the capability to attract males away from the unmodified females. And that is how the paint on every car in the south became ruined. =/

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  9. Well, this seems like a terrible idea. Mosquitoes are annoying, sure. But they also form the bottom rung of an incredible number of food chains, and I seriously doubt the bats and the swallows and the frogs and everything else that eats mosquitoes will go unaffected by this.

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  10. wouldnt it make more sense to breed more natural predators, such as frogs as humans have reduced their wetlands for years?

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  11. So stupid, Why do humans always try to change every natural thing the find? I am happy I'm not the only one who doesnt agree with this idea here!

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  12. About time we use science to improve florida the former and current governers of florida have volunteered to be biten by the gmo mosquitos... i love politicians they lead with virtue and sacrifice above all. Viva la revolucion

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  13. This is stupid. Other animals might be changed by this modification and if mosquitoes start dyeing out then we might be left with less frogs, birds, bats, and other small animals that depend on them. There is a reason there are so many out there. Yes they're annoying but why can't we just leave it be? & quit pasting this stuff to Americans. Not all of us are like that and just because somebody got into office didn't mean we all voted for them.

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  14. Disrupting any part of the ecosystem will have negative effects on the entire foodchain.
    This is primary school stuff.
    Are there any studies showing that the mosquitoes in that area are in over-population, or is it just that the people there don't like them? Yeah, mosquitoes suck (haha) but if we are going to spend $400 000 on anything it should be researching a way to prevent mosquitoes exclusively biting humans - rather than playing god with the environment where the outcomes of this release is unknown.
    What the fuck is this 'hit or miss' approach to environmental conservation?

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