Claims that Bill Gates has chosen to “pump his money” into nefarious projects that include “blocking out the sun” and “producing toxic vaccines” instead of ending poverty and bettering the environment are misleading.
His investments in genetically modified (GMO) mosquitos relate to the foundation’s goals of ending poverty, disease and inequality around the world (www.gatesfoundation.org/). Oxitec, a British biotechnology company (www.oxitec.com), has released genetically modified mosquitoes with a self-limiting gene in Brazil (here), the Cayman Islands (here), Panama (here) and the United States (here).
These insects mate with female Aedes aegypti mosquitos that carry dangerous diseases like yellow fever, dengue, and the Zira virus, and in so doing stop their offspring surviving into adulthood (here). Critics have raised concerns that GMO mosquitos could damage eco-systems (here), but Gates has defended the technologies as a powerful tool against disease (here and here).
As Media Matters has previously noted, Gates absolutely deserves scrutiny for his actions. That criticism should be grounded in fact and evidence, not conspiracy theories.