The long awaited FDA report concerning Oxitec safety re humans was received yesterday. The FDA said there was no significant impact re Oxitec use as regards an investigative field trial in the Florida Keys.
That means FDA says it is ok to test Oxitec over my little island of Key Haven. Pretty much covered with family homes.
Key Haven residents have opposed the testing. We do not want to be used as guinea pigs for a genetically modified mosquito. The outcry has made the local Mosquito Control Board agree to a vote by Key Haven residents as to whether they want the testing. The vote is in November.
The result is non binding on the Mosquito Control Board. The Board supports the Oxitec testing.
I do not trust the Board.
My sense is that this has become a personal battle for most board members. Their attitude appearing to be they know better than those who elected them.
None of us knows better. However some of us want to be certain we are going to be safe. Remember, DDT was for years considered safe. History repeats itself.
I have a gut feeling that certain Board members will try to engineer a vote by the Board to go ahead and forget the November election.
The Board being bolstered by the recent FDA announcement.
Were you aware? Did you know? Key West was the second largest city in Florida in 1860. Only 44 fewer residents than #1 Pensacola that had 2,876 residents.
I have decided on the subject for this week’s KONK column. Something along the lines…..Mommy, I’m Hungry. Venezuela’s extreme food shortage.
I have commented briefly on the problem here and on my podcast show. The column will be more detailed. The world should know.
Research today. The column written tomorrow.
Enjoy your day!