Thousands of Genetically Modified Insects Set For Release

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Just when you thought genetically modified mosquitoes and mutated dinner  entrees were the extent of biotech’s hunger to manipulate the genetic coding of  the planet, scientists have now unleashed a plan to launch thousands of  ‘frankenfly’ style insects into the wild in order to combat pests.

And just like we saw with the  release of genetically modified mosquitoes, the altered insects are actually  being pushed as a ‘green alternative’ to the use of chemicals. You see, British  scientists claim that mutating the genetic code of the insects is actually a way  of substituting for the use of chemical pesticides. Chemical pesticides used to  lower the population of olive flies in Britain. The reality here, however, is  that you are taking something damaging like chemical pesticides and replacing it  with something far worse.

It’s like trading in your aging car for a bicycle, except in this case the  bicycle also happens to include side effects like ‘may alter the genetic  structure of the entire insect population’.

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