Say No to Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Release in the Florida Keys
  • Petitioning Adam H Putman
  • Responded

This petition will be delivered to:

Commisioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Adam H Putman
Director of the Department of Agriculture and Environmental.
Anderson H. (Andy) Racley
Congresswoman
Ileana Ross- Lehtinen
Director of FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Bernadette Dunham
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Curtis Allen
Commisioner
Jill Cranney Gage
Monroe County Commissioner District 2
George Neugent
Monroe County Commissioner District 3
Heather Carruthers
Monroe County Commissioner District 4
David Rice
Monroe County Commissioner District 5
Sylvia Murphy
Monroe County Administrator
Roman Gastesi Jr.
Florida Director of Agricultural Enviromental Services
Anderson H. (Andy) Rackley
Florida Assistant Director of Agricultural Enviromental Services
Steven E. Dwinell
Florida Government Analyst I of Agricultural Enviromental Services
Angela Weeks-Samanie
Florida Bureau Chief, Bureau of Compliance Monitoring of Agricultural Enviromental Services
Kelly Friend
Florida Bureau Chief, Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control of Agricultural Enviromental Services
Michael J. Page
See response
Florida Bureau Chief, Bureau of Agricultural Environmental Laboratories
Patricia Lucas
Florida Bureau Chief, Bureau of Pesticides of Agricultural Enviromental Services
Dennis F. Howard, Ph.D.
Monroe County Commissioner District 1
Danny Kolhage
Florida Division Technology Officer of Agricultural Enviromental Services
Carol Leger
Senior Entomologist
Lawrence J. Hribard PhD (Senior Entomologist)
Secretary-Treasurer
Stephen K Smith (Secretary-Treasurer)
Chairman, Mosquito Board of Commisioner
Chairman William J Shaw (Chairman, Mosquito Board of Commisioner)
Director, Florida Keys Mosquito Control District Management
Michael S. Doyle (Director, Florida Keys Mosquito Control District Management)
Off shores Island Supervisor
Corey Brindisi (Off shores Island Supervisor)
Biologist/Public Relations
Coleen T. Fitzsimmons (Biologist/Public Relations)
Deputy Director FKMCD Management
Andrea Leal (Deputy Director FKMCD Management)
Commisoner
Phillip Goodman (Commisoner)
Vice Chairman
Jack Bridges (Vice Chairman)
Florida Governor
Florida State House
U.S. Senate
Florida State Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Say No to Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Release in the Florida Keys

    1. Mila de Mier
    2. Petition by

      Mila de Mier

      Key West, FL

Right now, a British company named Oxitec is planning to release genetically modified mosquitoes into the fragile enviroment of the Florida Keys. The company wants to use the Florida Keys as a testing ground for these mutant bugs.

Even though the local community in the Florida Keys has spoken -- we even passed an ordinance demanding more testing -- Oxitec is trying to use a loophole by applying to the FDA for an "animal bug" patent. This could mean these mutant mosquitoes could be released at any point against the wishes of locals and the scientific community. We need to make sure the FDA does not approve Oxitec's patent.

Nearly all experiments with genetically-modified crops have eventually resulted in unintended consequences: superweeds more resistant to herbicides, mutated and resistant insects also collateral damage to ecosystems. A recent news story reported that the monarch butterfly population is down by half in areas where Roundup Ready GM crops are doused with ultra-high levels of herbicides that wipe out the monarch's favorite milkweed plant.

What about our native species of Florida Keys Bats. Are there any studies being conducted to see if these mosquitoes will harm the native bat population?

Why would we not expect GM (genetically modified) insects, especially those that bite humans, to have similar unintended negative consequences? Will the more virulent Asian tiger mosquito that also carries dengue fill the void left by reductions in A. aegypti? Will the dengue virus mutate (think antibiotic resistant MRSA) and become even more dangerous?

There are more questions than answers and we need more testing to be done.

Will the public be able to stop this program from happening if we don't want it? We were told that "public opinion would be taken into account."

Dengue fever has been absent from Key West since 2010, which indicates the current methods of control and public education are working. What's the rush for this radical approach?

Where is the third-party, peer-reviewed research on effectiveness and safety of GM mosquitoes other than Oxitec's own claims of success? Don't let Oxitec bully our community! We say no to genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys!

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    1. Decision-maker Michael J. Page responds:

      Michael J. Page

      Test from M. Doyle to M. Doyle to see if reader can manually change the target email address.


    2. Decision-maker Jerry Knowles responds:

      Jerry Knowles

      Thanks for contacting me to express your concerns with releasing genetically modified mosquitoes into the environment of the Florida Keys.

      Since this issue deals with our federal officials in Washington, not a state agency in Harr...


    3. Reached 100,000 signatures
    4. Oxitec filed for a permit to USDA on 18 May.

      Mila de Mier
      Petition Organizer

      Even though the local community in the Florida Keys has spoken -- we even passed an ordinance demanding more testing -- Oxitec is trying to use a loop hole by applying to the FDA for an "animal bug" patent. This could mean these mutant mosquitoes could be released at any point against the wishes of locals and the scientific community. We need to make sure the FDA does not approve Oxitec's patent. In the USA is not regulations under this category and permits could be granted any day.

    5. Reached 750 signatures
    6. Thank you Commissioner Jimmy Weekly for the motion + rest to be in favor.

      Mila de Mier
      Petition Organizer

      On April 3rd, 2012 Commissioner Jimmy Weekly made a motion, and Commissioner Clayton Lopez seconder, opposing the introduction of genetically-altered mosquitoes until further research is provided, and approval is obtained from the applicable regulatory body. Operational standards and a plan to demonstrate measurable outcomes should be determined, and described to the public. Many residents speak loud and clear to opposing such an experiment. Mosquitoes Control employees were the only people who spoke in favor of genetically modified mosquitoes. I would like to take this opportunity to thank every single person who signed this petition. We are almost at 1/3 of our goal in just days. Please keep sharing! Thank you

    7. Reached 250 signatures
    8. Decision-maker Jack Bridges responds:

      Jack Bridges

      I welcome and value your thoughts on the sterile male release program and I appreciate your allowing me to serve on the Board. Mosquito Control will NOT release any sterile males until all relevant questions are answered. I'm not saying...


    9. Decision-maker Jack Bridges responds:

      Jack Bridges

      I welcome and value your thoughts on the sterile male release program and I appreciate your allowing me to serve on the Board. Mosquito Control will NOT release any sterile males until all relevant questions are answered. I'm not saying...


    10. Decision-maker Jack Bridges responds:

      Jack Bridges

      I welcome and value your thoughts on the sterile male release program and I appreciate your allowing me to serve on the Board. Mosquito Control will NOT release any sterile males until all relevant questions are answered. I'm not saying...


    11. Decision-maker Jack Bridges responds:

      Jack Bridges

      I welcome and value your thoughts on the sterile male release program and I appreciate your allowing me to serve on the Board. Mosquito Control will NOT release any sterile males until all relevant questions are answered. I'm not saying...


    12. Decision-maker Jack Bridges responds:

      Jack Bridges

      I welcome and value your thoughts on the sterile male release program and I appreciate your allowing me to serve on the Board. Mosquito Control will NOT release any sterile males until all relevant questions are answered. I'm not saying...


    13. Decision-maker Jack Bridges responds:

      Jack Bridges

      I welcome and value your thoughts on the sterile male release program and I appreciate your allowing me to serve on the Board. Mosquito Control will NOT release any sterile males until all relevant questions are answered. I'm not saying...


    14. Decision-maker Jack Bridges responds:

      Jack Bridges

      I welcome and value your thoughts on the sterile male release program and I appreciate your allowing me to serve on the Board. Mosquito Control will NOT release any sterile males until all relevant questions are answered. I'm not saying...


    15. Decision-maker Jack Bridges responds:

      Jack Bridges

      I welcome and value your thoughts on the sterile male release program and I appreciate your allowing me to serve on the Board. Mosquito Control will NOT release any sterile males until all relevant questions are answered. I'm not saying...


    16. Decision-maker Jack Bridges responds:

      Jack Bridges

      I welcome and value your thoughts on the sterile male release program and I appreciate your allowing me to serve on the Board. Mosquito Control will NOT release any sterile males until all relevant questions are answered. I'm not saying...


    17. Decision-maker Jack Bridges responds:

      Jack Bridges

      I welcome and value your thoughts on the sterile male release program and I appreciate your allowing me to serve on the Board. Mosquito Control will NOT release any sterile males until all relevant questions are answered. I'm not saying...


    18. Decision-maker Jack Bridges responds:

      Jack Bridges

      I welcome and value your thoughts on the sterile male release program and I appreciate your allowing me to serve on the Board. Mosquito Control will NOT release any sterile males until all relevant questions are answered. I'm not saying...


    19. Decision-maker Jack Bridges responds:

      Jack Bridges

      I welcome and value your thoughts on the sterile male release program and I appreciate your allowing me to serve on the Board. Mosquito Control will NOT release any sterile males until all relevant questions are answered. I'm not saying...


    20. Decision-maker Jack Bridges responds:

      Jack Bridges

      I welcome and value your thoughts on the sterile male release program and I appreciate your allowing me to serve on the Board. Mosquito Control will NOT release any sterile males until all relevant questions are answered. I'm not saying...


    21. Decision-maker Jack Bridges responds:

      Jack Bridges

      I welcome and value your thoughts on the sterile male release program and I appreciate your allowing me to serve on the Board. Mosquito Control will NOT release any sterile males until all relevant questions are answered. I'm not saying...


    22. Decision-maker Jack Bridges responds:

      Jack Bridges

      I welcome and value your thoughts on the sterile male release program and I appreciate your allowing me to serve on the Board. Mosquito Control will NOT release any sterile males until all relevant questions are answered. I'm not saying...


    23. Decision-maker Jack Bridges responds:

      Jack Bridges

      I welcome and value your thoughts on the sterile male release program and I appreciate your allowing me to serve on the Board. Mosquito Control will NOT release any sterile males until all relevant questions are answered. I'm not saying...


    24. Decision-maker Jack Bridges responds:

      Jack Bridges

      I welcome and value your thoughts on the sterile male release program and I appreciate your allowing me to serve on the Board. Mosquito Control will NOT release any sterile males until all relevant questions are answered. I'm not saying...


    25. Decision-maker Jack Bridges responds:

      Jack Bridges

      I welcome and value your thoughts on the sterile male release program and I appreciate your allowing me to serve on the Board. Mosquito Control will NOT release any sterile males until all relevant questions are answered. I'm not saying...


    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Suzanna McMahan RIDGELAND, MS
      • about 2 hours ago

      Uh....why?!?

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    • Cassandra McLean NEPTUNE CITY, NJ
      • about 5 hours ago

      THIS IS HOW NO-SEE-UMS HAPPENED! PLEASE GOD DON'T DO THIS AGAIN IT'S BAD BAD BAD!!!!!!

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    • Dawn Slicker TARPON SPRINGS, FL
      • about 6 hours ago

      It's absolutely insane to think that anything GMO could help anything on the planet!

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    • melissa gabrielides HUMBLE, TX
      • about 7 hours ago

      No GE mosquito release!!

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    • BRENDA Freeman ATHENS, AL
      • about 7 hours ago

      It is important because the trial FAILED In Brazil, and people DIED from the disease they are trying to prevent. I oppose this because NOTHING good comes from Genetically modifying ANYTHING. And I do not want these mosquitoes to travel towards MY home a few states away and kill my animals and family.

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