An EPA-approved program to curtail Florida’s mosquito population is now underway. What could go wrong?
On April 29 NBC Miami reports:
Nearly 144,000 genetically modified mosquitoes will be released in South Florida this week as part of an effort to reduce the population disease-carrying mosquitoes.
The landmark release of GMO insects marks the beginning of the U.S.-approved program to control the number of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the area.
The project will place boxes loaded with Oxitec’s non-biting male mosquitoes in six areas around the Florida Keys to mate with biting female mosquitoes. As a result of the encounters, the female offspring will not survive and – hopefully – will reduce the dangerous mosquito’s population in the area.
The local news outlet’s story downplays the volume of GMO mosquitos to be released, omitting the fact that 20 million additional mosquitos will be released in the second half of 2021.