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Please Sign: Say No to GMO Mosquitoes


Health & Wellness  (tags: Genectically engineered mosquitoes, experiment on humans and environment, without public consent, ecosystem disruption, unknown consequences, precautionary principle, Oxitec, ethics, wildlife, environment, protection, risks, prevention, disease, warning )

Susan
- 806 days ago - thepetitionsite.com
Update on earlier petition. Oxitec, a UK-based company has been trying to conduct an open-air experiment with genetically modified mosquitoes in Key West. It may soon go ahead if it hasn't done so already. There must be an outcry to stop it at once!



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Angela N. (0)
Friday June 15, 2012, 10:16 pm
thx
 

Susan V. (80)
Friday June 15, 2012, 10:20 pm
This is an updated petition - company planning the experiment has changed the date a few times.

Ok to sign either petition -or both -I'll send all the signatures as I get them, as this appears to be urgent.
Updated one here and when you click on "visit site" above:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/525/224/121/say-no-to-gmo-mosquitoes/

This is the older one:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/can-gmo-mosquito-experiment/

Thanks so much. Susan
 

Susan V. (80)
Friday June 15, 2012, 10:45 pm
This is an updated petition - company planning the experiment has changed the date a few times.

Ok to sign either petition -or both -I'll send all the signatures as I get them, as this appears to be urgent.
Updated one here and when you click on "visit site" above:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/525/224/121/say-no-to-gmo-mosquitoes/

This is the older one:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/can-gmo-mosquito-experiment/

Thanks so much. Susan
 

Susan V. (80)
Friday June 15, 2012, 10:46 pm
Here's some more technical info n the possible problems with this experiment:

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/future_tense/2011/11/why_we_aren_t_ready_to_use_genetically_engineered_mosquitoes_to_fight_malaria_and_dengue_.html
 

Shan D. (49)
Friday June 15, 2012, 10:54 pm
What about West Nile Virus? That's been spreading across Canada over the past decade or so. While I HATE mosquitoes, I do realize they have their part to play in the ecosystem and some species depend on them for food. This is apt to do nothing but create a new kind of mosquito that we CAN'T kill.
 

Susan V. (80)
Friday June 15, 2012, 11:21 pm
I live on the NC Coast, so I've done years of research on mosquito control - trying to save myself and my kids from the mass poisoning that goes on here every year. Most sources say the spraying creates stronger, more resistant mosquitoes, and also weakens immune systems of animals and humans, making them more susceptible to West Nile. We had a "scare" here a few years ago, used as an excuse to up the spraying and deny all no-spray requests -- even if you had cancer or were treated with chemo, your home would be sprayed because of this nonsense.
I checked with CDC at the time and found out that only cases that were sent to CDC for verification could really be labelled as West NIle, and yet those the press was citing as cases WERE NOT CONFIRMED. We had this scare so the chemical industry, which is BIG in NC, could make more money. I think there was only one confirmed case that year. There was a death they were blaming on West Nile that the CDC told me they never even got - so it was never confirmed.

I did a LOT of research on alternatives to spraying. I found there are a few national park areas (restricted from spraying) that use CO2 traps = which work very well. Also the Coast Guard in one area on the Eastern Coast told me they were using the Mosquito Magnet with success (it uses CO2 to trap the females - the ones that bite). Wells Maine released dragonfly larvae every year. Other places used mosquito eating fish - and the national park in CA (the name slips my mind at the moment) uses bats (not vampire but the 70% of other bats that eat a lot of mosquitoes). Some other places set up bat boxes and Martin Houses. You can put a film of cooking oil on puddles and it will smother the larvae. If the larvae don't hatch, you have far fewer mosquitoes, so the goal is to get to the larvae. Just dumping out all containers - anything that will hold a thimbleful of water - around the house will eliminate many. And of course you don't want to kill them all. We need them.

www.pesticide.org has fact sheets on the dangers of pesticides and alternatives for mosquito and other pest control.

Thanks for signing y'all. susan
 

Teresa W. (681)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 1:04 am
signed and noted
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 4:27 am
signed
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 4:33 am
signed, thanks Susan
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 6:14 am
signed, TU Susan
 

Susan V. (80)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 10:49 am
Anyone who wants to wade through a study on this issue - here's one:
http://www.ajtmh.org/content/77/6_Suppl/232.full.pdf+html

I think the last pages before the credits -- on stakeholder protection - are interesting (just after a quick glance - will look at it more later)
 

Carole K. (199)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 2:02 pm
Noted & signed. TY, Susan!
 

. (0)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 4:53 pm
Signed.
 

Marshall Page (1)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 8:11 pm
Signed and noted, glad to fight this.
 

Fran away F. (111)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 8:15 pm
Noted, signed and shared, thanks, Susan!
 

Laurie S. (73)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 10:59 am
Done!
 

Jason S. (57)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 12:43 pm
thanks, signed
 

Elaine Al Meqdad (228)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 2:14 pm
Signed & Noted!
 

Michael Barth (43)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 3:37 pm
signed and noted.
 

Roxann Shadrick (15)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 4:10 pm
Signed and Noted, Thank You Susan.
 

Vicky P. (463)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 4:10 pm
signed and noted
 

Quinton Smith (40)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 5:38 pm
Oh brother, another Killer Bee experiment. That turned out well didn't it? Nooooo, nothing is going to go wrong. Well have the best of the European bee and the hardiness of the African bee. What could possibly go wrong? Hundreds of deaths if not thousands, of people and animals, alot went wrong.

Signed @ Noted
 

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 11:32 pm
signed and noted thanks
 

Joe R. (189)
Monday June 18, 2012, 6:29 am
Thanks Susan. Both signed.
 

Brenda Towers (0)
Monday June 18, 2012, 12:57 pm
N&S
 

Ann B. (140)
Monday June 18, 2012, 7:47 pm
thanks - noted and signed
 

Terri Hughes (412)
Monday June 18, 2012, 9:03 pm
''SIGNED''....thanks Susan!
 

Latonya W. (83)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 1:42 pm
wow Im so speechless.............i totally get why I love animals more and more everyday
 

Phillipa W. (199)
Wednesday June 20, 2012, 4:38 am
definitely signed
 
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