EPA Just Approved The Release Of 'Weaponized' Mosquitoes In 20 US States

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just cleared MosquitoMate, Inc., a Lexington, KY based biotechnology company, focused on mosquito control deficiencies, invasive mosquito species, and important vectors of human diseases, to release it’s bacteria-infected mosquitoes in 20 US states and Washington DC.

First released on Nature.com,

On 3 November, the agency told biotechnology start-up MosquitoMate that it could release the bacterium Wolbachia pipientis into the environment as a tool against the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus). Lab-reared mosquitoes will deliver the bacterium to wild mosquito populations.

The decision - which the EPA has not formally announced - allows the company, which is based in Lexington, Kentucky, to release the bacteria-infected mosquitoes in 20 US states and Washington DC.  

The University of Kentucky explains their roll in fostering the science behind MosquitoMate, along with the understanding of how this technology works.

According to David O’Brochta, an entomologist at the University of Maryland in Rockville, “It’s a non-chemical way of dealing with mosquitoes, so from that perspective, you’d think it would have a lot of appeal. I’m glad to see it pushed forward, as I think it could be potentially really important.”

The company’s lab-grown mosquitoes, which it calls ZAP males, are a non-biting, male Aedes albopictus (Asian Tiger mosquito) that carries a bacterium called Wolbachia. As explained on the company’s website, Wolbachia “is common throughout insects worldwide, with scientists estimating that over half of all insects naturally carry the infection”. When bacteria-infected males mate with unaffected females, it causes the females to become sterile.

The 20 approved states are California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, and West Virginia, as well as Washington, DC.

The push for MosquitoMate has been in response to mosquitoes carrying Zika and other deadly diseases. The ‘War on Zika’ began earlier this year with 20,000 MosquitoMate mosquitoes released in the Florida Keys targeting wild females that carried Zika. In July, Fresno, California stepped it up a notch and released 20 million MosquitoMate mosquitoes in the name of ‘combating Zika’.

In the video below, Fresno, California officials admit mosquitoes in the area are not actively carrying dangerous diseases such as Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya, but for all intensive purposes they want to “stay ahead” of the curve...

However, few have focused on the Risks of Wolbachia mosquito control and in one shocking development this is uncharted territory. Sciencemag.org makes a very good point “few have focused on the probability of Wolbachia strains being transferred to other insects and the potential environmental and economic impacts .” The article goes on to say Wolbachia strains are capable of being transferred across horizontally among distant related arthropods. In addition, some parasites are able to carry Wolbachia strain to other species. The article makes another great point, of the actual shift of a Wolbachia host to native species is complex and poorly understood.

Since Wolbachia strain is found in nature and not genetically modified. MosquitoMate is not applicable to The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety- a United Nations safety regulation for transfer, handling, and use of genetically modified organisms signed by 170 countries. As far as we are aware, there are no countries that have regulation on Wolbachia infected organisms, so this is a first, hence uncharted territories.

The Event Chronicle asksWhat Could Possibly Go Wrong?

  • What if the mosquitos are sorted incorrectly? Do you really think that out of 20 million mosquitos, nary a biting female will get through the sorting process?
  • What if the Wolbachia mutates? Something that is not harmful now could morph into something far worse than Zika.
  • What if scientists believe that this gives them innate permission to conduct “field studies” of other things? Oh…wait. Apparently, they already feel they don’t require our permission to turn our neighborhoods into test facilities.

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One of these is not like the others..'s picture

I look forwards to an evil hippy scientist who genetically engineers mosquitos to produce micro amounts of LSD in it's saliva...

That'd mix it all up a bit!

bunkers's picture

tptb want to reduce the population by 90%. Sooner or later, something is going to work the way they want it to.

Blue Steel 309's picture

This is not good, if you know anything about molecular biology, they have no idea what they are fucking with, or maybe they do.

SmittyinLA's picture

Most EPA policies are designed to create mosquito habitat

Last of the Middle Class's picture

Wasn't the prevalence of Zika tentatively linked to the use of weaponized mosquitoes in South America? I'm sure they checked that out on fb and decided it's just fine. 

Looking Up's picture

A study released last month said the biomass of flying insects has decreased over 75% in the last 27 years.  Those insects are a major component in the eco system.  If, according to this article, Wolbachia is carried by half of the insect population, shouldn't scientists be trying to figure out how to cure it instead of how to spread it?  Have they studied the effects on the birds, bats and reptiles that eat flying insects?  

Jtrillian's picture

The real question is how much money did it take to buy off your legislators to get approval?  You can rest assured that it is greed, not science, that is driving this. 

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Trump went after Toyota the next day

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honestann's picture

Humans suck at estimating or predicting unintended consequences.  When they have a financial interest, they actively ignore potential unintended consequences.  Places like this should not do their public experiments unless they have absolute bombproof insurance against any and every potential disaster.  Even then... you can't trust at least 99.999% of human beings in this kind of situation.

wbill's picture

KILL THE INSECTS AND SAVE THE WORLD 

This thread reminds me of something I wrote in 2008: 

Kill all the insects and save the world from global warming.

I was on business travel in our nation’s capitol early last June and shared a cab ride with a business associate from California. There happened to be a heat wave in Washington DC and there was a flurry of man-made global warming hysteria blaring throughout the media. Being from Minnesota I had just experienced the coldest spring of my adult life. I was discussing this with my colleague and explaining to him how I think man-made global warming is manufactured science and basically a hoax. This was received with the response, “ oh you’re one of those!” I shot back with the little knowledge that I have stored in my less than adequate mind and came up with the declaration: “I bet mosquitoes generate more CO2 than cars do.”  This is one of my baseless declarations not really meaning to be true and filled with hyperbole.  The response from my quick thinking associate was “Imagine that! a Minnesotan who believes mosquitoes cause global warming.”   That ended that conversation topic and we decided to talk about the Boston Celtics.  Well, when I got back home I decided to run the numbers on my “hypothesis.” I tried to find a credible value for the number of mosquitoes in the world but I came up empty.  Then I feared that my original declaration must be wrong, and since I couldn’t find a good number I should include all insects to pad my argument.  There are 10 quintillion insects in the world as estimated by the Dr. E.O. Wilson of Harvard University.

CO2 is a byproduct of carbon life forms (CLF), (insects are CLF as are mammals and reptiles).  An insect converts food and oxygen to create energy and then it dies to decay.  Both processes create CO2. Even the undigested food is left behind to decay to methane and CO2. The conversion of food to energy creates more mass of CO2 than the original food consumed. The process is much like the mass of CO2 out of a car is more than the fuel put in to the car.  Simplified you take one part of carbon (from food or fuel)  and two parts of oxygen (from air) and do the energy releasing magic via chemistry.  I am ignoring all the parts about proteins, carbohydrates, and hydrocarbons because as I said before I have a feeble mind.  

So if one was to determine how much food all insects digest it would be a rough, conservative, approximation of how much CO2 they exhaust. To make things easy and calculable with the data I was able to find, let’s assume all insects are houseflies. As said before, there are 10 quintillion insects in the world. Many are smaller, more hyper insects and many are larger, slower insects.  A housefly weighs 10 milligram or 0.010 gram** a housefly consumes at a minimum 30 percent of its weight daily*** (they can consume 200% their weight a day). 

So assuming all insects are modeled by a housefly there are:

  • 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 insects  consuming 0.0010* 0.3 (30% body weight) grams of food a day and converting that food to CO2
  • That is 3 x 10^13 kilograms of CO2 daily or 15 Billion metric tons of CO2 a day.
  • US  cars exhaust ~ 314 million metric tons of CO2  a year. (2004, According to the environment news service). Some environmental friendly sites wildly estimate as high as 5 Billion Metric Tons of CO2 per year come out of US transportation.  

For those who don’t know- 15 billion metric tons a day is more than 5 billion metric tons a year.

Kill all the INSECTS and save the world. (of course this is a preposterous declaration, for if the insects don’t exist the reptiles and the mammals will die also, and unless the automobiles and machines can run by themselves  and increase their carbon dioxide output 10,000 to 100,000 fold, ~ 1 million percent, then the plants will start dying also for lack of CO2. When the plants start dying mother earth’s life is in peril and human life is in peril. But, this is much less preposterous than the schemes proposed by human hating environmentalists)

 

References:

*According to ESA member and Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. E.O. Wilson of Harvard University, there are nearly 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 (10 quintillion) insects in the world.

**http://www.physicsforums.com/archive/index.php/t-96681.html

*** http://www.fasebj.org/cgi/reprint/03-1464fjev1.pdf

 

# http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jun2006/2006-06-28-03.asp

silverman's picture

Insect vectors are always a favorite of mad scientists. Experimental biowarfare pathogens have been released, in infected mosquitoes and ticks, on unsuspecting American, Australian, Canadian and Icelandic communities since the 1950s. The release of infected mosquitoes, bred in a Canadian facility and infected at Ft. Detrick, over Punta Gorda, Fl., in 1956 initiated the first reports of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia. A government sponsored door-to-door survey, under the auspices of public safety, was then taken to gague the results. The release of infected ticks around the St. Laurence River resulted in the appearance of the new weaponized Lyme disease, which has now spread almost all over the US and Canada. Legionnaire's Disease was another such experiment, although released as an aerosol through the hotel's ventilation system.

Donald W. Scott, a Canadian science professor, while researching a mysterious disease at the request of an affected colleague who had been denied medical assistance and told it was all in her head, wound up, via FOIA, with all of the US government research work from the 1940s throught the 70s. Needless to say he was shocked at what he found. The government later destroyed all of these files, leaving him with likely the only existing documentation... and it is scary stuff. The collusion of our public safety agencies (NIH, CDC, etc), along with the military and pharmaceutical interests are all identified. He self published two books, The Brucellosis Triangle and The Extremely Unfortunate Incident at Skull Valley, both of which explicitely name names, dates and agencies involved. Sometimes these books are available on amazon, but they go in and out of print. The material within should be known by all. It should piss you off.

This article is the very tip of a huge and long ongoing series of experiments regarding the nonconsensual testing of pathogens and carcenogens on an unnaware public.