- Commisioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Adam H Putman
- Florida Division Technology Officer of Agricultural Enviromental Services
- Senior Entomologist
Lawrence J. Hribard PhD (Senior Entomologist)
- Deputy Director FKMCD Management
Andrea Leal (Deputy Director FKMCD Management)
Jill Cranney Gage
Stephen K Smith (Secretary-Treasurer)
- Mosquito Board of Commisioner
Chairman William J Shaw (Chairman, Mosquito Board of Commisioner)
- Director, Florida Keys Mosquito Control District Management
- Biologist/Public Relations
- Monroe County Commissioner District 1
- Director of the Department of Agriculture and Environmental.
Anderson H. (Andy) Racley
Ileana Ross- Lehtinen
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration
- Monroe County Commissioner District 2
- Monroe County Commissioner District 3
- Monroe County Commissioner District 4
- Monroe County Commissioner District 5
- 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
- Florida Bureau Chief, Bureau of Compliance Monitoring of Agricultural Enviromental Services
- Florida Bureau Chief, Bureau of Agricultural Environmental Laboratories
Tom McDonald, Commissioner
- Dr. Bernadette Dunham
I just signed the following petition addressed to: FDA, Florida State Officials and Florida Keys Mosquito Control district and commissioners of Monroe County, Florida
Stop the experimental release of (GM) mosquitoes in the Florida Keys
Right now, a British company named Oxitec is planning to release genetically modified mosquitoes into the fragile enviromnent of the Florida Keys.
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.
Nearly all experiments with genetically-modified crops have eventually resulted in unintended consequences: super weeds more resistant to herbicides, mutated and resistant insects and 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.
Why would we not expect GM 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?
At a recent Town Hall meeting residents discussed an experimental release of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes in Key West that was largely a sales pitch by Oxitec, a company with everything to gain by breaking into the U.S. market for GM mosquitoes and using our Key West backyards as a test site. It's the lack of any alternate expert scientific opinion that is troubling to me and many others. This is our home and our lives this company is using us as their own lab rats.
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