Keys governmental representatives are quick to react. I refer to the City Commission, County Commission and Mosquito Control Board. They fail to look before they leap.
A huckster comes into town peddling a cure all product. Local governments leap at the opportunity to buy.
I recall two years ago when the Mosquito Control Board wanted to enter into some sort of arrangement with a company called Ozitec whereby genetically modified mosquitoes would be released over the lower Keys. A sure cure all for dengue fever! How many cases of dengue fever have we had since 2,000?
The genetically modified mosquitoes were untested. They were to be tested in Brazil. Perhaps somewhere in Africa.
I was opposed. Silently. I did make mention in this blog at the time that the Keys should not be a testing ground for an experimental product.
My recollection is the Mosquito Control Board was in favor of Oxitec’s genetically modified mosquitoes because of budget savings that would result. Sounds a lot like Flint water!
My friend Ollie from the Chart Room was opposed. Ollie by education and experience knows about these things. He even went door to door having a petition signed asking the Mosquito Control Board to cease and desist. Ollie said the mosquitoes being peddled were not safe.
Ollie ran for the Mosquito Control Board around the time. He was soundly defeated. What did he know?
My friends, vote for Ollie big time should he decide to run again!
The Mosquito Control Board dropped the idea at some point. I cannot recall their reason.
Why my concern at the present time?
There is an outbreak of Zika worldwide. Zika causes microcephaly. Babies are born with smaller heads containing obviously smaller brains. All sorts of medical problems develop during the course of the babies’ lives.
The World Health Organization is conducting an emergency meeting monday to deal with the problem. President Obama declared massive research is required to come up with a vaccine. There is no vaccine at the present time.
There is strong suspicion that Ozitec’s genetically modified mosquitoes are a/the cause of Zika.
In a certain area of Brazil, Ozitec’s genetically modified mosquitoes were released. In that same area, 4,000 babies have been born with microcephaly since October.
Need I say more.
Let this be an admonition to our governmental officials. Look before you leap. The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence.
On this day in 1933, Adolph Hitler was sworn in as the Chancellor of Germany. It was the beginning of the end.
Syracuse plays Georgia Tech at noon. I will be watching the game at Jack Flats with Dan Reardon.
Enjoy your day!
This has been discussed before, several times. It is only the female mosquito that ‘stabs’ [ bite, if one prefers ]. The mosquito’s to be released are hybridized sterile males. Male mosquito’s do not ‘stab’ or bother humans and are released solely to reduce the complete reproduction/population.
The northern studies and releases of hybridized moths are working as intended and the only GM part of that project is to color them red to distinguish them.
I can’t find any info regarding the coloring of the sterile mosquito’s, but, it may be similar and only makes sense to be able to distinguish them from the natural.
Previous release of the sterile mosquito’s has worked and sure seems better than continued or increased spraying of toxic pesticides. Remember we were told at one time by the ‘experts’ that DDT and Glyphosate [ round-up] were safe and look how that worked out.
But I know I’m talking to deaf ears.