Urgent I need your help only until tomorrow to tell the FDA reject the GMO Mosquitoes
May 12, 2016 — Since I started this petition back in 2012, its been a journey to protect my kids and my community from becoming guinea pigs/ lab rats against our will. I've traveled 3 times to Washington, DC. The first time was to file the petition with the FDA. (I had to file my petition twice! that's right, because the first time the documents were shredded and dumped in the trash.) A couple of weeks back, we traveled to Tallahassee, Florida's capital and presented the Dept of Agriculture the petition in a 2 hour meeting. Our team has also met directly with the FDA Science Team reviewing the GM Mosquitoes and appealed to them for better independent review of this technology before authorizing the release of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes (GMMs) in a wild experiment.
Despite strong opposition, with over 166,000 signatures on this petition, many unanswered questions from Oxitec and the fact that 3 out 4 of our residents are against this release and Key West and Key Haven being free of any mosquito associated disease since 2010, the FDA released their initial approval in March 2016 and is now one step closer to a final approving this poorly managed trial. If this proceeds, it will effectively make my kids and the residents of Key Haven unwilling human “guinea pigs” in a for profit experiment that lasts 22 months and continually releases an GMMS for a total of estimated 22 million GMMs. Thousands of the released GMMs will be bitting females and even more females will be born and survive to adulthood. Less than a mile from the testing site, is the only hospital (in a 50 miles radius), an elementary school, the only community college, a senior citizen center and a golf course.
The FDA is using their lowest level review process to authorize this experiment, an EA. Pressure by anxious and uninformed politicians, concerned over Zika, the process ended abruptly with a FONSI. The requested level of review to the FDA was for a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), an investigation that does not solely depend on what Oxitec provides for input.
The FDA has provided a preliminary “Finding Of No Significant Impact” (FONSI) for the Environmental Assessment (EA) to Experimentally Release Genetically Modified Mosquitoes (GMMs) into the wild in Key Haven (FL Keys). The EA was written by Oxitec, which means we are one step closer to becoming NON-CONSENTING “Guinea Pigs” in a for profit genetic experiment. There is no health oversight component (FDA, CDC, NIH, Dept of Health) for the people of Key Haven during the experiment.
FDA is accepting public comments on this inexplicable finding until May 13, and it's critical that those of us in opposition weigh in and request a full EIS to be completed, instead of the less rigorous EA based that is based on Oxitec supplied data. An EIS should include consideration for long term effect, contingency plan, human health effects and proper liability.
When they open this Pandora box there is no way to recall of millions of mosquitoes from our sensitive environment.
Please help me share this petition and write a comment. Public comment is open tomorrow Friday May 13 , 2016. Share my petition and sign this link to send the messages to the FDA
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Thank you so much in the name of my family and my community.
Mila de Mier
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