What Do mRNA Vaccines Mean for Our Meat and Dairy Supply?

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February 5, 2023

As the use of mRNA vaccines in livestock, unfortunately, becomes closer and closer to reality, many consumers and experts have expressed concerns about their need and safety.

The potential negative impacts range from an unforeseen reaction to food products produced with mRNA vaccines - to disruption of ecosystems and biodiversity caused by its widespread usage.

The debate surrounding the implications of using mRNA vaccines is ongoing, but it's clear that this technology raises important questions about purpose, resources, ethics, health, and sustainability.  Most small regenerative farms have opted out of these type of practices, but many large scale feedlot operators, unfortunately still need to mask/solve animal health issues.

But how do we make sure these issues are addressed?

Stakeholders in the food industry must take into account public opinion on this issue.

Consumers have a right to know what’s in their food! And consumers like us need to be vocal if we don’t feel our concerns are adequately addressed by regulatory bodies or businesses.  Regulators don’t seem to address these issues.

Ultimately, we need to ensure that any decisions made regarding the use of mRNA vaccines are based on (non-bias) scientific evidence and comprehensive data sets (not paid for by the same manufacturers) so that they can decide if they benefit the health of everyone involved: producers, consumers, animals, and the environment.

Many are concerned that the use of mRNA technology could be abused to justify the continuation of large-scale animal farming operations.

This poses a significant ethical and environmental threat, as this farming practice can damage habitats, increase pollution and cause unnecessary animal suffering.

In addition, there are also questions about how these new technologies (and the possible mandates that follow) might affect more vulnerable populations, such as developing children, elderly, or consumers with food/drug sensitivities, and small-scale farmers who depend on naturally raised animal-based products for their livelihoods.

At this time, it is difficult to know what implications mRNA vaccines could have on our food supply chain and our diets. It is important that we carefully consider all potential risks before allowing the widespread adoption of this technology in livestock production. We must ensure that any use of mRNA vaccines preserves both human health, animal health, and environmental health. 

Farmers, government officials, and consumers all need to engage in honest and open dialogue to ensure that any use of this technology is safe for all living things....and if we even need these vaccines at all!?!

Only then can we make sure that our food system is truly healthy for us future generations.

It's up to us to get involved and make sure that our voices are heard on this topic!

Ask questions, join in healthy debates - and take action! Don't take everything at face value; do your own research and determine your own stance on this issue.

Let's make sure we can have confidence in what goes into our food!

Vote with your wallet.  What you put in your body is your choice (at least for now)!

-Val & Aaron

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