Natural Health News – genetically modified (GM) plants insect-resistant bacteria could spread to antibiotics in the environment, which represents a risk to human
antibiotic resistance is recognized as a major problem for human and animal health as it makes treatments for many ineffective bacterial infections. Bacteria that are resistant to multiple antibiotics are sometimes known as “superbugs”.
In a new report, genetically modified insect factories 😕 A new source of Superbugs , campaigning groupGeneWatch UK published evidence that the British company Oxitec has developed transgenic mosquitoes and agricultural pests that are raised using common antibiotic tetracycline in their food.
The report explores the concerns that large-scale open mass breeding and repeated statements such transgenic insects could spread antibiotic resistance in the environment, which could create more superbugs.
“The mass production of genetically modified plants insects, the use of antibiotics as feed additives, could lead to drug resistance in bacteria, leading to the spread of superbugs like thousands of millions of insects are released into the environment in the future, “said Dr. Helen Wallace, director of GeneWatch UK,” This significant risk to human health has been ignored by regulators, despite the ban on the use of antibiotics in animal feed in many countries. ”
genetically modified insects are an experimental method of pest control, involving reported large-scale GM insects worldwide (including mosquitoes and agricultural pests) in an attempt to reduce diseases that carry the “vectors” as malaira fever and dengue . Same repeated large-scale versions of GM insects are needed to suppress populations of wild insects and is not yet clear whether this form of pest control can succeed.
claims to have obtained the temporary suppression of mosquito populations during their experiments in Brazil, which has not yet published any evidence of this or show any reduction in the tropical disease dengue is pointing. In fact, an emergency dengue has been declared one of the areas where Oxitec has been conducting his experiments.
According to the authors of the new report, many have raised concerns about the release of large amounts of GMOs in the environment insects as well as the poor quality of risk assessments that have been made . This new report focuses on one :. The increased risk of antibiotic resistance
A new type of superbug
experimental scale of tens of millions of GM mosquitoes Oxitec releases and are being held in Brazil and Panama, without taking into account this significant risk, and releases are being considered in the Florida Keys. fruit flies GM Oxitec have been approved for release in Brazil, although these experiments have not yet taken place, and Oxitec is awaiting approval for experimental releases of transgenic diamondback moths of New York. The company withdrew an application to release GM olive flies in Spain last year.
If commercial uses were to take place in the future, many billions of transgenic insects Oxitec would be released each year in attempts to suppress insect populations wild pest in large areas and entire countries may . If the ‘superbug’ insects such GM became a new source of antibiotic resistance worldwide, this could have serious adverse effects on human and animal health.
The experiment insect GM is in part a response to changes in climate and the way this has expanded the global territory on infectious diseases transmitted by insects can spread . We have previously written about this in our article How climate change could affect our health .