The GM company engineering the flies? Oxitec (UK). Oxford University is an investor in Oxitec. Why is that important?
The European Food Safety Authority panel poised to allow the insect release has a serious conflict of interest, because panel scientists work at Oxford University.
The GM fruit flies are an effort to lower the population of the flies, which attack olives and many fruits. The theory goes this way: females babies of the GM flies are engineered to die in the larval stage.
There’s only one problem. These larvae, which are maggots, will remain in the olives and the fruit. So people who buy the fruit will be eating maggots.
Mmm. Delicious. And healthy, too. Right?
The GM flies are scheduled to be released in Spain and Brazil. The fruit, of course, will be shipped around the world, and sooner or later, dead maggots will arrive at your market.
You won’t see them. You’ll buy them. You’ll eat them.
But you see, GM scientists know best. They’re looking out for all of us. Nothing can go wrong.
Safety tests re human health? Who needs safety tests?
I’m sure if you spray enough whipped cream on your fruit, you’ll forget all about maggots.
Oxitec. Good for the environment. Good for production. Good for fruit. Good for people who like dead maggots.
Don’t zombies like maggots? I believe I heard that somewhere.