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GE Mosquitoes Will Not Be Released In Florida … For Now

Published on December 28, 2016 by   ·   1 Comment

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Brandon Turbeville

After a lengthy battle it appears that the people of Florida have managed to pull out a victory against Oxitec and its plan to release millions of genetically engineered mosquitoes in Key Haven, Florida.

Typically, the FDA approved the release without adequate testing for potential impacts to humans, animals or the environment. Oxitec had planned to go ahead with the plans of their release against the objections of most of the Florida community and a coalition of groups who had come together to oppose the release.

However, during the November 2016 election, local citizens turned out to vote against the GE mosquito release and, as a result, Oxitec will not be allowed to conduct their GE mosquito trial in Key Haven.

As Friends of the Earth writes:

In a letter to CFS attorneys, counsel from the FDA noted, “per the public referendums which took place on November 8, 2016, and the subsequent board meeting of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD) on November 19, 2016, the proposed field trial is no longer moving forward in Key Haven, FL. Because residents of Key Haven voted against the trial, FKMCD commissioners agreed that the trial will not be conducted there.”

Unfortunately, however, Oxitec will be allowed to resubmit applications for a trial release elsewhere in Monroe County. This time, at least, it will need to conduct an environmental assessment and indicate Findings Of No Significant Impact for any new site.

Jaydee Hanson, Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Food Safety spoke to FOE of the initial FDA approval and said:

FDA knew it was reckless to approve the release of a novel species without first assessing the potential impacts. The agency didn’t do its homework so the local community spoke up and they had the law on their side.

Dana Perls, senior food and technology campaigner with Friends of the Earth U.S. added:

This is a victory that protects local communities from reckless experiments. The FDA should never let people and ecosystems be treated as laboratories. We need long-term and sustainable solutions to prevent mosquito breeding grounds.

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Readers Comments (1)

  1. Turn them loose in Monsanto peps houses first.

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