We invite you, the environmentally and socially-concerned men and women of Bali, Indonesia and the wider world to add your voice to this petition for
Text: Reine Sophia
Transparency, Safety, and Deeper Consideration
Before the release of 200 million Wolbachia Bacteria-infected mosquito eggs in Denpasar, scheduled for November 13, 2023. The release was casually announced via Instagram, only one month ago. But unexpected impacts, on the environment and human health, will be permanent.
This Petition aims to:
Outline and evidence the urgent need for a Due Diligence process to assign Financial, Legal and Operational Liability for the mosquito program.
Summary of unacceptable risks:
Millions of biting mosquitoes dependent on human blood will have a catastrophic effect on Tourism:
- The World Mosquito Program strategy to BREED Wolbachia bacteria into mosquitoes means the people of Bali and tourists must expect to get hundreds of millions more mosquito bites. Mosquitoes must get a blood meal before they can produce their eggs. Every female will lay up to 100 eggs, three times in her adult lifespan.
Global Petition To Stop Gene Drives:
- Gene drives have not received approval for open-air release or field testing because they spread a permanent genetic change in an ecosystem and the impacts on human health are impossible to predict, however well-meant. (https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11248-023-00335-z)
- The spread of both the mosquitoes and the Wolbachia bacteria cannot be contained or reversed, after release. Gene Drives: Assessing the Benefits & Risks – Future of Life Institute.
- An international petition collected over 308,000 signatures this year, claiming that even gene drive research was so danger that it should be stopped globally. (https://act.wemove.eu/campaigns/gene-drive-moratorium-int-en)
Who is liable Bali mosquito release?
Are the World Mosquito Program, researchers, funders, mosquito manufacturers and universities financially liable, if it goes wrong or doesn’t work?
Diseases and damages will be nearly impossible to trace. We need Bali’s Environmental Protection Agency and a relevant Competent Authority, before any release, to declare the extent of their liability or veto the release. We demand clarity on who is protected from liability as well.
No consequences for Bio Tech damage
Did a mosquito release generate a more dangerous variant of zika? (https://theecologist.org/2016/feb/01/pandoras-box-how-gm-mosquitos-could-have-caused-brazils-microcephaly-disaster)
Did Dengue vaccines in the Philippines cause a deadly variant of the measles? (https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/05/03/719037789/botched-vaccine-launch-has-deadly-repercussions)
Wolbachia Bacteria feeds parasites that worsen the tropical diseases which the releases are supposed to reduce. (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16230105/)
Wolbachia can cause Elephantiasis and River Blindness. (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12860672/)
Escalation of Dengue Threat in Sri Lanka after release
In Sri Lanka, there is a mosquito larvae crisis and Dengue cases have doubled since the mass mosquito release 2021. (Crisis24 – Sri Lanka Elevated Dengue Fever Activity).
In Yogyakarta trial, researchers acknowledge increases in spread. (https://ugm.ac.id/en/news/19884-ugm-innovation-wolbachia-technology-for-humanity/)
Due Diligence for Bali:
We strongly request Due Diligence Protocol that covers funding, transparency, efficacy assessments, safety evaluations, and an in-depth analysis of risks before any release takes place. The regulatory framework for the mosquitoes in Bali needs to address: Risk of spread to other species, the disproportionate and ongoing increase in mosquito population, the risk assessment of vertical gene transfer in imported eggs and the safety of the Wolbachia bacteria and Wolbachia IP technology.
Hidden information: Wolbachia Bacteria and Wolbachia Technology:
Non-disclosure of the use of Wolbachia (IP) Internet Protocol Technology in the Bali mosquitoes is a matter for National Security. (https://riip.hal.science/pasteur-03412240/file/s41598-021-00888-1.pdf)
Wolbachia Bacteria (Natural) and Wolbachia IP Technology (Artificial Intelligence):
The WMP claim that their Wolbachia Bacteria and mosquitoes are both natural and not genetically modified. (https://www.reuters.com/article/factcheck-mosquitos-idUSL1N2LM0WT)
However, inserting an IP technology; using automated micro injection to insert a bacteria; and creating a Gene drive all require genetic engineering.
Artificial Intelligence in Mosquitoes: Artificial Intelligence simulations were used to analyse risk and biohazards. (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ai/ai-for-earth-world-mosquito-program)
Whoever is responsible for the monitoring, surveillance, data collected, mapping of locations and timing for mosquito egg distribution is protected from liability by patents and exemptions and Microsoft to pay legal costs for copyright infringement, however valid the charge. (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-09-07/microsoft-says-it-will-protect-customers-from-ai-copyright-lawsuits)
Wolbachia IP Technology in the gene drive in Bali is a massive infringement on National Security and Bio Safety. The Wolbachia IP Technology patent’s owner (https://patents.google.com/patent/US7868222B1/en) has claimed exclusive rights to all the digital equipment, data collected and data transmitted using the technology. This demonstrates a conflict of interests for World Mosquito Program. Has the WMP been allowed to put an AI technology into the mosquitoes to deliver information to an unrelated agency for unknown purposes?
Bali Testbed for patented Biotech
»Toxic mosquito aerial release system«, patent details of which can be found at this reference.
»Right to computerize the human body. Method and apparatus for transmitting power and data«, Unified Patents. Bill Gates‘ Patent: US-6754472-B1
Vertical Transmission of Disease in Eggs:
It is well documented that mosquito eggs carry Dengue and other diseases. This knowledge of Vertical Gene Transfer, from generation to generation, should prevent approval to ever mass release eggs. (https://www.umu.se/en/news/viruses-detected-in-swedish-mosquito-larvae_5818057/#:~:text=The%20new%20study%2C%20published%20in,female%20mosquito%20to%20her%20eggs)
Hundreds of millions of eggs are planned for distribution in Bali, imported with their additional undetected disease pathogens. WMPs goal is not to decrease the population of mosquito but to spread them.
The one species of mosquito that already cant be controlled by fogging is being released in Bali. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7533057/), (https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Resistance-profiles-to-different-insecticides-tested-in-Ae-aegypti-from-Denpasar-Bali_fig2_317422393)
Mosquitoes are insects but have now have been re-categorized as pesticides. (https://www.epa.gov/pesticides/epa-seeks-public-comment-proposed-amendment-experimental-use-permit-genetically)
»Like all pesticides, genetically engineered mosquitoes are regulated under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)«. Even if we accept that they are not genetically modified, we do not accept that the Bali mosquitoes should escape all regulation.