Authorities approve release of 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes despite opposition

A proposal of releasing as many as 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes in Key Haven, Florida starting from 2021 and continuing up to 2022 received the final approval from local authorities, that the administration has used “tax dollars and government resources” to work on a project that “maybe damaging to public and environmental health and [their] local economy”.

According to Jaydee’s claims, the EPA has “unlawfully refused” to analyse the environmental risks such an experiment can cause. “The Mosquito Control Board has an obligation to our community,” said Barry Wray, Executive Director of the Florida Keys Environmental Coalition. He added that they needed “true solutions” which could be beneficial for both the local community and the ecosystem.

Oxitec, the company behind the production of the genetically modified mosquitoes, claims that these beings have also gained approval for release in Harris County, Texas.

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