Four profit-driven agendas fueled by the manufactured Zika crisis
-by Julie Wilson
To put it plainly, Zika is
good for business. As is the case with any major crisis, if you're able to perpetuate enough fear, you can convince people to buy or go along with just about anything. In the case of Zika, that means
harmful chemical exposure and experimental vaccination.
The Zika virus is simply the latest version of West Nile, Ebola, swine flu or even measles. If you take a moment to consider who exactly is profiting off these crises, you'll see that it tends to be a repeat of the very same industries.
"The manufactured Zika crisis is a windfall for chemical companies, vaccine companies and disease fear mongers. This is how they use tactics of info-terror to reap billions in profits while poisoning the people and the planet," says the Health Ranger.
Below is a list of industries and agendas flourishing under Zika.
1. Increased chemical use
Since the Zika fear
mongering first began, the public has witnessed a substantial increase in aerial spraying to combat disease-carrying mosquitoes, and Florida is being hit the hardest.
Congress wasted no time in trying to pass legislation that would have weakened already weak regulations for dispensing harmful chemicals into the air, soil and water.
House Republicans used the Zika hysteria to rebrand legislation that permitted the dumping of pesticides into bodies of water, violating key provisions of the Clean Water Act. They tried passing the bill on five different occasions only to succeed after renaming it the Zika Control Act in May.
Although the bill was vetoed by Democrats in the Senate, "public health" agencies including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to push for more chemicals.
Miami is currently under a chemical assault thanks to recommendations from the EPA to spray a harmful insecticide linked to paralysis in animals. Mosquito control reported that it's conducting indefinite aerial spray missions dumping a chemical called Naled.
Naled is extremely toxic to humans and wildlife, particularly upon inhalation. Studies indicate that the chemical is 20 times more toxic when inhaled versus when ingested through food and water – and it's prone to drift, traveling up to half a mile away from its original application site.
The insecticide is deadly to aquatic life, as well as pollinator insects such as honeybees. In short, spraying Naled into the environment and on people does far more harm than Zika ever could.
The most sickening part about it is that it's not even effective! A study from the New York Department of Health found that aerial spraying of Naled reduced mosquito populations temporarily. But after 11 years of spraying, disease-carrying mosquitoes increased 15-fold.
The government absolutely knows this, so why is it okay to douse people with a deadly insecticide that doesn't work to kill mosquitoes?
Profits, of course. Naled is made by an American company called AMVAC Chemical Company, owned by Vanguard Corporation.
One of its subsidiaries is Environmental Mediation, which advises clients on how to win government approval for dispensing its deadly products.
2. Vaccine development
Another industry that has a
lot to gain from Zika is the pharmaceutical industry, which has been working around the clock to fast track a vaccine that could ultimately be given to millions of people around the globe, including
In June, Congress proposed spending $1.1 billion in taxpayer money to combat Zika, funding disease research, as well as vaccine development.
Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology say that they have already developed a vaccine that is effective not only against Zika, but also against Ebola and swine flu. The vaccine is DNA-based, making it even riskier than traditional immunizations.
Some scientists suggest that DNA-vaccines could cause "insertional mutagenesis," meaning a mutation could occur "due to the unnatural interaction of new genetic material with healthy genes." These vaccines may also increase the risk of cancer, activating "oncogenes while switching off tumor suppressor genes."
The establishment's assertion that Zika causes severe birth defects means pregnant women would likely be test subjects for vaccine experimentation – making some 6.3 million American women eligible for the controversial program.
3. GM mosquitoes
Ironically, the very company blamed for creating the Zika crisis is now profiting from it. Three years ago,
the British biotech company Oxitec released thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes in Brazil to combat disease-carrying insects.
The mosquitoes are genetically modified to contain a "self-limiting" gene that prevents the Aedes aegypti species from producing offspring. Oxitec says 95 percent of the mosquitoes die before reaching adulthood, preventing reproduction.
But the math doesn't quite add up. Oxitec said that the insects would decrease up to 80 percent of Aedes aegypti species. However, scientists believe that very same species is now responsible for spreading Zika.
Despite speculation that Oxitec may have caused Zika to spread, the company expanded operations in Brazil, opening a new mosquito factory in Piracicaba. The insects were also released in Malaysia, India and the Cayman Islands.
The Florida Keys may very well become the next destination pending approval from the state's mosquito control district, which is set to vote on the proposal this fall.
4. Abortion increases
Another less obvious industry that stands to benefit from Zika is Planned Parenthood.
People are so fearful about the potential of Zika-induced birth-defects that they're willing to compromise their beliefs on abortion, according to a recent poll.
Americans said that they would be okay with late-term abortions if the fetus was harmed by Zika. About 60 percent of respondents said women should have the right to terminate a pregnancy after 24 weeks if testing found signs of microcephaly, a birth-defect resulting in decreased head size – which the establishment insists is caused by Zika.
Americans' willingness to compromise their beliefs on abortion due to Zika could generate more profits for Planned Parenthood, the nation's number one abortion provider.