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Maui 'Ground Zero' for Release of Billions of Biopesticide Lab-Altered Mosquitoes

Michael Nevradakis Ph.D., The Defender/Children's Health Defense : Feb 8, 2024  LifeSiteNews.com

Up to 775,992,000 bacteria-infected mosquitoes could be released in Maui every week for the next 20 years, according to Hawaii Unites, a non-profit that last month lost its bid to require the state to conduct an environmental impact statement before pressing go on the controversial project ... The lawsuit also noted that the IIT method has never been tried in Hawaii, while "the specific experimental technique planned for use in East Maui has never been tried before anywhere in the world."

(Maui, HI) — [LifeSiteNews.com] Up to 775,992,000 bacteria-infected mosquitoes could be released in Maui every week for the next 20 years, according to Hawaii Unites, an environmental advocacy group that last month lost its bid to require the state to conduct an environmental impact statement before allowing the controversial project to proceed. (Image: Pixabay)

Hawaii Unites in May 2023 sued the state in the Circuit Court of the First Circuit in Hawaii. The group's president and founder, Tina Lia, told The Defender:

These biopesticide lab-altered mosquitoes are already being released in East Maui. Hawaii Unites has taken the state to court seeking a ruling to require an environmental impact statement for the project and comprehensive studies of the risks.

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She said Hawaii Unites describes itself as "a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and protection of our environment and natural resources," with a focus on "protecting the health of Hawai'i's people, wildlife, and the 'āina from the State of Hawaii's biopesticide bacteria-infected mosquito experiment."

According to the group's lawsuit, the state did not perform a sufficient environmental impact study prior to the launch of the project. Last year, state residents submitted 291 pages of public comments, both for and against the project.

"The final environmental assessment for this project is insufficient under the Hawai'i Environmental Policy Act," Lia said. "[It] fails to describe mitigation measures or biosecurity protocols for the mosquitoes, and the discussion of alternatives is inadequate."

This article was originally published by The Defender— Children's Health Defense's News & Views Website

According to Lia, the Birds, Not Mosquitoes partnership claims it plans to suppress southern house mosquitoes that transmit avian malaria to native birds by rendering male mosquitoes—which carry the Wolbachia bacterium that causes avian malaria—unable to reproduce.

The technology, Wolbachia incompatible insect technique (IIT), previously was endorsed by Gates Philanthropy Partners, an arm of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, although there does not appear to be a direct link between these organizations and the Hawaii ongoing project.

An expert who testified on behalf of Hawaii Unites warned that the project, far from mitigating mosquito-borne illness, may lead to bacterial spread, the invasion of lab-altered mosquitoes into unintended areas and other environmental consequences.

But the court disagreed, ruling that the final environmental assessment "was compiled in good faith and set forth sufficient information to enable the [Board of Land and Natural Resources] to consider fully the environmental factors involved and to make a reasoned decision after balancing the risks of harm to the environment against the benefits to be derived from the proposed action."

Court did not acknowledge 'serious concerns' of expert witness

According to the lawsuit, "documentation and studies from several sources, including government agencies, confirm that the experiment may not even work for its intended purpose and has the potential for significant environmental impacts."

The lawsuit also noted that the IIT method has never been tried in Hawaii, while "the specific experimental technique planned for use in East Maui has never been tried before anywhere in the world"... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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