The plan to release thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes in an attempt to fight the infection in Florida Keys has caused concern among the local population, and individuals say that the “criminal” experiment will turn them into guinea pigs.

Led by the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Committee (FCMCD) and the British biotechnology company Oxytech, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation , the project aims to release the first swarms of genetically modified insects in Florida Keys this week, a joint statement said . 

According to the plan, the first phase includes the installation of mosquito boxes at six locations, from which about 144,000 Aedes aegypti mosquitoes will be released over 12 weeks . It is a species that is most closely associated with the transmission of infectious diseases such as dengue, zika and yellow fever.

If all goes according to plan , male mosquitoes (which do not bite) will mate with local females (which bite), and their female offspring are programmed to die and this will reportedly help control the population of this mosquito species and reducing the spread of the disease.Although this type of mosquito makes up only about 4 percent of the total population in Florida Keys, it is behind “almost all” diseases that are transmitted to humans, as well as some that are transmitted to animals, such as heartworm, according to Oksitek.

The project, approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, also aims to reduce the use of pesticides , which can be harmful to local wildlife. However, while Oksitek presented this as a major advantage, the Mosquito Control Board has so far given no indication of any plans to reduce pesticide use.

The company also claims that public support for the plan “remains high”, even though the local population is extremely skeptical.

“We may not be scientists, but we can read. And what Oksitek says and what we read from other sources are two completely different things . Please, I beg you to take immediate action and consider a resolution against this technology, “said one concerned resident, Megan Hull, at the March meeting of the village council .”I consider it a crime that they are harassing us in this experiment – it is a crime that we have been subjected to this terrorism by our Mosquito Control Committee at Florida Keys,” she added.

Another resident said she was very concerned about the plan being implemented, pointing to the risk that genetically modified female mosquitoes could bite someone.

“Everyone says it won’t happen, but I don’t believe in it,” she said, adding that there was a “lack of transparency” between Oxytech and the government agencies involved in the project.

Even some officials expressed concern, and councilor Mark Greg called GMO mosquitoes ” Frankenstein bugs “.”I hear other people say they make guinea pigs out of us. Maybe we are … I just don’t know yet if everything is ready, “he said.

The Mosquito Control Committee, however, insists on the need to improve control over pesticide resistance that develops in disease-transmitting insects, saying the Oxytech project could provide new tools that are “safe, environmentally friendly and targeted.”

Oxytech is no stranger to genetically modified insects, having already released more than a billion beetles across South America and the Caribbean, like a 27-month experiment in Brazil in 2013 that sought to reduce the local mosquito population by 90 percent in the same way as planned now in Florida Kisu. However, Oksitek came under fire in 2019 after researchers published a study stating that insects reproduce, finding that up to 60 percent of the analyzed mosquitoes contain traces of modified genes . 

Although the company later challenged those findings, insisting that the experiment went as planned, Oxytech’s other efforts were also criticized. A similar project in the Cayman Islands was completed in 2018 after local officials concluded that it had failed , and Health Minister Dwayne Seymour said that the plan “did not achieve the results that were thought to be achieved,” RT reports .

A few months before the contract with the Cayman Islands failed, the company announced a partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation . Since then, Oksitek has received $ 8.5 million from Gates.


Spread the love

By Morgan

27 thought on ““Frankenstein bugs”: Flying GMO mosquitoes, locals angry – Bill Gates supports “criminal experiment””
  1. By way of introduction, I am Mark Schaefer, and I represent Nutritional Products International. We serve both international and domestic manufacturers who are seeking to gain more distribution within the United States. Your brand recently caught my attention, so I am contacting you today to discuss the possibility of expanding your national distribution reach.We provide expertise in all areas of distribution, and our offerings include the following: Turnkey/One-stop solution, Active accounts with major U.S. distributors and retailers, Our executive team held executive positions with Walmart and Amazon, Our proven sales force has public relations, branding, and marketing all under one roof, We focus on both new and existing product lines, Warehousing and logistics. Our company has a proven history of initiating accounts and placing orders with major distribution outlets. Our history allows us to have intimate and unique relationships with key buyers across the United States, thus giving your brand a fast track to market in a professional manner. Please contact me directly so that we can discuss your brand further. Kind Regards, Mark Schaefer,, VP of Business Development, Nutritional Products International, 101 Plaza Real S, Ste #224, Boca Raton, FL 33432, Office: 561-544-0719

  2. I’ve come across that nowadays, more and more people are attracted to camcorders and the subject of pictures. However, really being a photographer, you should first invest so much time frame deciding the exact model of digital camera to buy as well as moving store to store just so you can buy the most affordable camera of the brand you have decided to decide on. But it will not end there. You also have to take into consideration whether you can purchase a digital digital camera extended warranty. Thx for the good recommendations I accumulated from your blog site.

  3. Can I simply just say what a comfort to discover someone
    who really understands what they are discussing online.
    You certainly realize how to bring a problem to light and make it important.
    More people really need to check this out and understand this side of your story.
    I was surprised that you’re not more popular since you most certainly possess the gift.

  4. whoah this blog is wonderful i like studying your articles.
    Keep up the good work! You recognize, a lot of persons are searching
    round for this information, you can help them greatly.

  5. Thanks for your article. What I want to point out is that while looking for a good on the internet electronics retail outlet, look for a web page with comprehensive information on important factors such as the security statement, protection details, payment methods, and other terms along with policies. Generally take time to see the help and also FAQ sections to get a far better idea of what sort of shop will work, what they are capable of doing for you, and how you can use the features.

  6. It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d
    without a doubt donate to this excellent blog!
    I guess for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed
    to my Google account. I look forward to fresh updates and will talk about this website with my Facebook group.

    Chat soon!

  7. Thanks for your article. One other thing is when you are promoting your property by yourself, one of the difficulties you need to be cognizant of upfront is when to deal with home inspection records. As a FSBO seller, the key towards successfully moving your property as well as saving money with real estate agent commission rates is knowledge. The more you already know, the better your sales effort will be. One area that this is particularly significant is inspection reports.

  8. Spot on with this write-up, I actually feel this site needs a great deal more
    attention. I’ll probably be back again to read more, thanks for the info!

  9. Great site. Lots of helpful information here. I am sending
    it to some pals ans additionally sharing in delicious.

    And naturally, thank you to your effort!

  10. Thx for your post. I would really like to say that the cost of car insurance varies from one policy to another, due to the fact there are so many different issues which give rise to the overall cost. One example is, the brand name of the car or truck will have a tremendous bearing on the price tag. A reliable old family car will have an inexpensive premium than the usual flashy fancy car.

  11. We are a group of volunteers and opening a new
    scheme in our community. Your site offered us with valuable information to work on. You
    have done an impressive job and our whole community will be grateful to you.

  12. Good day! This post could not be written any better!
    Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate!
    He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this page to him.
    Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

  13. I was wondering if anyone knows what happened to Dimepiece Los Angeles celebrity streetwear brand? I cannot check out on Dimepiecela site. I’ve read in Harpers Bazaar that the brand was acquired by a UK hedge fund for $50 m. I’ve just bought the Dimepiece 90’s Sport Utility Duffle from Ebay and totally love it xox

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *