8 petitions

Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Carol Leger, Andrea Leal ( Director FKMCD Management), Phillip Goodman, Jill Cranney Gage, Brandon Pinder (Secretary-Treasurer), Stanley M. Zuba, MD (Commisioner), Beth Ranson, Anderson H. (Andy) Racley, Ileana Ross- Lehtinen, Roman Gastesi Jr., Anderson H. (Andy) Rackley, Steven E. Dwinell, Angela Weeks-Samanie, Tom McDonald, Commissioner, Dr. Bernadette Dunham, Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez- Cantera, Governor Rick Scott, Mustapha Debboun, Terrence Perry, Robert R. Redfield, MD, Marathon City Council, Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Commissioner Jack Morman, Commissioner Rodney Ellis, County Judge Ed Emmett, Commissioner Steve Radack, Heather Carruthers, Sylvia Murphy, George Neugent, David Rice, Margaret Romero, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Rita Irwin

Tell the EPA NO Genetically Modified Mosquitoes!

 Right now, a British company named Oxitec is planning to release genetically modified mosquitoes into the fragile enviroment of the Florida Keys and Texas. The company wants to use the Florida Keys and Texas  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 -- First ,  Oxitec is trying to use a loophole by applying to the FDA for an "animal bug" patent. Now, the hot potato has passed to the EPA and  Oxitec is at it again. This profit driven biotech company wants to release more than 50 million GMO mosquitoes per week into Florida and Texas. These GMO mosquitoes could pose major risks to fragile ecosystems like the Florida Keys  and Texas and may pose risks to public health and safety.     Once again, Oxitec wants to treat people like human experiments. Even though the EPA doesn’t have enough information about the environmental, health and even indirect economic impacts of these insects, it might give Oxitec the green light. Over the past several years, we all raised our voices to help stop what would’ve been the first release of millions of GMO mosquitoes in the U.S. Now, we need to stop this non-consensual experiment again!  “Tell the EPA to not approve the GMO mosquito”         “We do not consent to being a human experiment and we do not want GMO mosquitoes" Over 30 local physicians, have created a petition to ask for more evaluation of the risk of this GMO mosquito antibiotic dependency  mosquitoes and the possible development of antibiotic resistance risks as result of this experiment. This GMO Mosquitoes are created with E-Coli bacteria, herpes-simplex virus and other ingredients. This is very premature technology with very little information, a lot of questions need to be answer. The Center for Disease Control notes that Oxitec’s trials are not set up to test for disease reduction. If the experiments goes forward, there would still be enough non-GMO mosquitoes in the environment, including in peoples’ homes and backyards, to spread disease. Even the head of Cayman Islands, which recently rejected GMO mosquitoes, has said that GMO mosquitoes will not be a solution for Zika and Dengue Fever. This is a medical intervention without consent. We need real solutions, not GMO mosquitoes.  Oxitec applied to the FDA as an animal drug it took years to decide and now a huge overwhelm opposition to pass the “hot potato” to the EPA. Now, Oxitec applied the mosquitoes as a pesticide with very little information on the release to the public and to the scientist for doing a proper evaluation. British Biotech Oxitec has not been very transparent and demonstrate desprecua? In the data, including reduction of percentage of mosquitoes, survival rates, life span and more females per percentage. This is very concerning because in this new experiment we are talking over 50 Million of mosquitoes per week, 7 days a week which will equal to billions of GM mosquitoes between Florida and Harris County, Texas.The data of the government of Cayman where this GMO mosquitoes has been released twice, is very different thank what Oxitec has been claiming.A lot of questions need to be answered including the solid evidence of the environmental effect inn ature, public health and safety.  We need to stop the experiment and say NO to releasing GMO mosquitoes!Please help my family and my community, residents of Harris County (Texas) and everyone of us to protect our environment, our health, and to focus on real solutions.     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 EPA 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 the Florida Keys for years, 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? There is other alternatives more natural, no risk, faster and cheaper.  Don't let Oxitec bully our community! We say no to genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys and Texas.  Please Help signing and sharing this petition.   

Mila de Mier
230,839 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Food and Drug Administration

Ban GMOs and Educate People About the Dangers of GMOs

Please help ban GMOs and start educating the people about the dangers of them. People are ingesting food that they do not even know will do them harm. Our country is in many difficult situations, and nutrition is often forgotten in the midst of confusion and chaos. Then we wonder why our illnesses are on the rise and obesity becomes a problem. But eating healthy does not only mean eating fruits and vegetables, it also means caring about your food, where it came from, and what happened on the way. The problem is many people do not even know what GMO stands for, much less what it does. Please educate about and ban GMOs. Help people learn about the truth.  I want to be part of the generation that puts an end to this nonsense, not the generation that just sits back and lets it happen. Between the years of 2001 and 2004, around 32,000 Indian farmers comminted suicide because they were spending more money on GMO seeds then they were making. Also, herbicide use has increased by 10x since the year 2000 because of GMOs.  Now stronger GMO herbicdes and pesticides are being used, the more of this toxic substance is being digested my the population.  More bugs and weeds that are immune to these pesticides and herbicides are being created, and it's only getting worse. Believe it or not, the USA lost 12 billion dollars in 2003 because of maketing issues with GMO soybeans.  Contrary to the popular argument, GMOs can not help world hunger.  Those 12 billion dollars were put to waste instead of put to good use. Please help my dream become a reality and change other's lives.  Our nutrition will skyrocket and we will never have to think twice about where or what our food comes from again.  Share this on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media account you have.  Talk to other people about the dangers and tell them the solution.  We need all the help we can get.  Help educate others on the dangers and go GMO-free.  We need to end this problem once and for all, before it gets even more out of hand.  Sign my petition and help us get another step closer to a GMO-free world.

Angelina Dallemule
227 supporters
Started 2 years ago

Petition to KC Becker: Colorado House Majority Leader

Get Mandatory Labeling of GMOs on the Colorado Ballot!

Boulder is a community in Colorado that is known for being very health conscious and for being a community that values organic and natural food choices. The people of Boulder value their right to know what they are consuming, and their ability to choose healthy options with confidence. However, state and nationwide there are currently no laws calling for the mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food products. The people of Boulder, and Colorado, and even the nation don’t have the ability to choose GMO free food with confidence that the product they are buying is truly free from GMO ingredients. Instead, food companies have the freedom to label products as they please under no uniform standards or guidelines. Big food companies spend untold amounts of money each year on anti-labeling campaigns and lobbying in Washington for bills that would prohibit mandatory labeling of GMOs. So far they have been successful in suppressing the more than fifty percent of the country who are in favor of the required labeling of GMOs. The majority of Americans are in favor of nationwide labeling guidelines, yet legislation has not reflected this because the nation’s legislative branch has been giving favor to big business and not to its citizens. As citizens, our wishes and our rights are being disregarded. Big agribusinesses and anti-GMO organizations are feverishly pushing their agendas in our directions in an attempt to win us over. They are constantly battling for the upper hand and favor among government officials, but who benefits? Not the consumers. The battle between pro and anti GMO advocates has only distracted legislators and detracted attention away from the more prevalent issue: consumers are being denied the rights that we deserve. We as a state and a community are not being supported by our national representatives, so it is time to for us to turn to our state representatives and ask them to do us justice and get mandatory labeling of GMOs on the Colorado ballot. We, the people of Boulder and of the great state of Colorado deserve the right to choose with confidence. We deserve the right to have our voices heard. Join me in telling our state representatives that we want mandatory labeling laws on the ballot!

Leah Rogers
122 supporters