Earth Watch: Mila de Mier on Genetically Modified Mosquitoes in Florida

The most recent Earth Watch guest on the Sojourner Truth Radio show was Mila de Mier, who has been part of a community effort to prevent the release of genetically engineered mosquitoes in Florida. A public comment period on the matter closes April 9, according to Florida Keys News:

If you have something to say about the possible release of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys or elsewhere, now’s the time to do it.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday opened the month-long public comment period on the possible release of GM mosquitoes by British biotech company Oxitec, which submitted an application with the EPA in December. The EPA now has until July to make a decision on whether it will issue an experimental-use permit for a trial in the Keys.

Oxitec wants to release its male mosquitoes that are reared with a self-limiting gene. So when the males, which don’t bite, are released into the wild to mate with wild females, the gene is passed on and the offspring never survive to adulthood, according to product development manager Dr. Derric Nimmo.

De Mier published a petition against GE mosquitoes that received over 171,000 signatures.

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