Earlier this month, the FDA decided
that the release of genetically engineered mosquitoes in Key Haven, Florida,
would have “no significant impact”—which means that the approval for their
release is imminent. The agency’s determination is based largely on data
submitted by Oxitec, the company producing the GM mosquitoes.
This is a terrible idea for a
number of reasons. The current Zika outbreak in Brazil may linked to the release
of Oxitec’s GM mosquitoes in Brazil three years ago, also for the purpose of
combating dengue fever. Additionally, a recent study showed that the GM
mosquitoes released in Brazil did not, in fact, lead to a drop in dengue fever.
Write to the FDA and urge them
NOT to approve Oxitec’s release of GM mosquitoes in Florida.
Please BLOCK the Release of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes in Florida
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]