Lettuce Vaccinate You

Bill Gates gave an interview in early November with the former UK health secretary Jeremy Hunt lamenting the lack of effective treatments for COVID. Gates admitted that the jabs, he made millions on, didn’t come close to reducing transmission of the virus, lamenting that they needed a “new way of doing the vaccines.”

He also warned that countries needed to “prepare” for the next pandemic by making jabs cheaper, by having factories to manufacture them and,  by “eradicating” influenza and the common cold.  Vaccines, he added, “could be just a little patch you put on your arm” and would be “incredibly beneficial” even outside a pandemic.  I’m not exactly at ease with that last statement but he is right that the jabs are doing little to block transmission.  

“Along with the climate message and the ongoing fight against diseases of the poor, pandemic preparedness is something I’ll be talking about a lot,” Gates threated. “And I think it’ll find fertile ground because, you know, we lost trillions of dollars and millions of lives. And citizens expect their governments not to let that happen again.” 

I’m reminded of a statement from C.K. Chesterton who said in essence that once you abolish God, the government becomes the God.  However, in this case, it looks like Gates has put himself up for the position.

With encouragement from Gates, scientists are searching for a more “subtle approach” to administer this experimental mRNA technology.

As if our food wasn’t already tainted enough, researchers at the University of California-Riverside, in conjunction with a half million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation, have begun research on using lettuce and spinach to dispense the RNA technology.

The key to making edible plant vaccines are chloroplasts; tiny organs in plant cells that convert sunlight into sugar and other molecules that allow the plant to grow.  Past studies have already shown that it is possible to get chloroplasts to express genes that aren’t a part of the plant naturally by sending genetic material through a protective casing into the plant cells with the idea of repurposing naturally occurring nanoparticles, i.e. plant viruses, for gene delivery to the plants.  There is however, “engineering” required to make the nanoparticles go to the chloroplasts and render them noninfectious toward the plants.

Once this has been perfected, scientists will have have to figure out how to get DNA that has mRNA vaccines in it to replicate in plant cells. Once that problem is solved, they will have to prove that plants can produce enough mRNA to replace the jab and then determine the exact amount people will need to consume.  According to UCR’s Department of Botany and Plant Science, “ideally a single plant would produce enough mRNA” to replace the jab.

However, according to Juan Giraldo, associate professor in UCR’s Botany department, there will be people who refuse to eat the plant. “It’s not about the needle, it’s about the dangers of the vaccine.” Some how I don’t believe that putting it in our food is going to make it safer!

From every article I have read on the process the one thing that no one seems to talk about is if this plant mRNA technology will shed to other plants or the environment and what are consequences to animal that eat it?

Thankfully the technology to produce a plant vaccine is far down the road. But take care – it will happen. If you don’t know how to grow your own food it might be a good idea to learn. It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to start collecting “untainted” seeds now.

Source:  Researchers aim to develop edible plant-based mRNA vaccines, Medical News;  Bill Gates call for huge global effort to prepare for future pandemics by Ian Sample, Science Editor, the Guardian

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