Vaccines in Food? UC Riverside Announces New Research on mRNA Veggies

One of the most alarming developments in the current COVID vaccine war appears in the form of a relatively harmless-looking September 16 press release from the University of California at Riverside (UCR). The press release begins, “The future of vaccines may look more like eating a salad than getting a shot in the arm. UC Riverside scientists are studying whether they can turn edible plants like lettuce into mRNA vaccine factories.”

Turning plants into “vaccine factories” goes far beyond the current delivery method of vaccines via injection. Even assuming many of the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates will be defeated in courts, the UCR press release forebodes the beginning of something much more sinister and dangerous: the possibility of vaccines in our foods. While a jab might be avoided, how can we evade vaccine nanoparticles in our vegetables? And how can one regulate doses outside the supervision of a medical professional? In effect, people might get a COVID “vaccination” not by a needle prick but by food consumption. Medical consent might be a thing of the past.

The research is still in the early stages, too early to attract the notice of any whistleblowers out there. As the press release notes, one of the challenges of this new technology is that it must be kept cold to maintain stability during transport and storage. “If this new project is successful,” reads the release, “plant-based mRNA vaccines could overcome this challenge with the ability to be stored at room temperature.”

Made possible by a $500,000 grant from the taxpayer-funded National Science Foundation, the project’s goals are threefold: 1) show that DNA containing the mRNA vaccines can be successfully delivered into the part of plant cells where it will replicate; 2) demonstrate that the plants can produce enough mRNA to rival a traditional shot; and 3) determine the right dosage.

Juan Pablo Giraldo, an associate professor in UCR’s Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, is leading the research in collaboration with scientists from UC San Diego and Carnegie Mellon University. His research goal is as clear as it is unsettling: “Ideally, a single plant would produce enough mRNA to vaccinate a single person.” Professor Giraldo is far from some academic nobody working on questionable projects of little worth. Rather, he is one of the world’s leading plant biologists and experts in nanobiotechnology, boasting a Ph.D. in plant biology from Harvard and an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nanobiotechnology with MIT’s Strano Research Group.

Professor Giraldo explains, “We are testing this approach with spinach and lettuce and have long-term goals of people growing it in their own gardens. Farmers could also eventually grow entire fields of it.” According to Giraldo, key to making all this work are the chloroplasts or small organs in plant cells that convert sunlight into energy the plant can use. He says, “They’re tiny, solar-powered factories that produce sugar and other molecules which allow the plant to grow” and also “an untapped source for making desirable molecules.” In the past, Giraldo has shown that it is possible for chloroplasts to express genes that aren’t naturally part of the plant. He and his colleagues did this by sending foreign genetic material into plant cells inside a protective casing. Determining the optimal properties of these casings for delivery into plant cells is a specialty of Giraldo’s laboratory.

For this part of the project, Giraldo teamed up with Nicole Steinmetz, a UC San Diego professor of nanoengineering, to utilize nanotechnologies engineered by her team that will deliver genetic material to the chloroplasts. “Our idea is to repurpose naturally occurring nanoparticles, namely plant viruses, for gene delivery to plants,” Steinmetz said. “Some engineering goes into this to make the nanoparticles go to the chloroplasts and also to render them non-infectious toward the plants.”

There is little doubt that when it comes to developing plant-based COVID vaccines, Giraldo is your guy. Right now, his initial research is with spinach and lettuce. But how far behind might be additional projects to put mRNA vaccines into other vegetables, fruits, and meat? Farm animals consume these plants, after all. Anyone up for In-N-Out’s new BioNTech burger?

As we move toward the second year of the pandemic, pro-COVID-vaxers and anti-COVID-vaxers are forming their battle lines. Both sides have reasons and evidence to back up their views. The pronouncements of the CDC and vax leaders like Dr. Fauci are in constant conflict with the data on the ground, leading millions to fear that the danger is not only with the COVID virus but also with the vaccines meant to mitigate it. The government has just mandated that workers in companies with over one hundred employees get the vaccine. Court challenges to the mandate will surely come within the next few months.

Thanks to our brilliant minds in academia, the real change might not be in the types of COVID-19 vaccines, but rather in their delivery method. There is little question that food-delivery is the ultimate goal for mRNA vaccines. It’s becoming harder and harder to say no to the shot. But it will be impossible to say no to the food we eat.

Image: NastyaSensei, Public Domain


  • John Fraim

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10 thoughts on “Vaccines in Food? UC Riverside Announces New Research on mRNA Veggies


  2. Science itself is neutral, and can be used for good or ill. The same technology that could enable involuntary vaccination could also inoculate billions cheaply and efficiently.

    Currently, monoclonal antibody drugs have many life saving potentials, but are horrendously expensive to manufacture. If this research is a step towards producing the cheaply, it could be a great thing.

  3. The saddest thing about this article and the one on which it is based is the utter misrepresentation of the actual research. The research centers on the possibility of engineering plants to manufacture the molecules needed for vaccines, but in no way suggests the vaccines would be delivered by eating those plants. Have you ever wondered why current vaccines are almost all administered by injection and not by swallowing a pill? It’s because ingestion is a terrible way to get them in the bloodstream where they do their work.

    One might have some objections to the actual research, but objecting to a caricature of it is stupid.

    1. If you think our government would hesitate for a split second about doing this without informed consent on the part of those consuming such products, you are even more ignorant than I could possibly have guessed.

      If you believe it would be impossible to insert such spike proteins or other nano-delivery packages in an effective edible form, do you really think UC Riverside, UC San Diego, and Carnegie-Mellon would be attempting it?

      Are you so ill-informed, so ignorant of both history and vaccine technology to not know that the polio vaccine was administered to many children all over the world in an oral, liquid form at one point in the big push to vaccinate everyone against polio? Some of us still possess the deltoid scar from the polio injection, but many were given an oral form as well.

      Those – especially in government (NIH, CDC, FDA) – who wish to overcome “vaccine hesitancy” and who have demonstrated a total willingness to deceive the public would not care how efficient oral administration is, as long as it would be successful.

      It is amazing how ill-informed so many people are, and how quick they are to claim “conspiracy theory”, “misinformation”, or other jingoistic statements that are completely false, while assuring the gullible “Move on – nothing to see here.” Of course, you could have some connection to Big Pharma and support a merger between say, Pfizer and Monsanto.

  4. The climate today with “ mandates” which have been pronounced and are not “ legal” has set the tone. Agencies and employers “ mandating” jab compliance or workers / staff can loose their job. Along with irresponsible spending of the Feds, at a rate unheard of previously, can create a “ perfect storm” situation. Logistical problems with supply chain may soon result in food supply shortages. Ever wonder why B.Gates and G.Soros are purchasing vast quantities of farm land.
    Their future would see the food altered with whatever the necessary dosage of the “ cure – of the concern for the disease of the day” could be a question of eat it- or starve scenario. The temperature has been taken, and the American people are the patients.
    The oligarchs and “ benevolent leaders “ elected and non- elected intent to administer with or without – your permission. This of course – for the “ greater good”) of the masses.
    US taxpayers should be able to vote, on where their hard earned money is being dispersed. Just because the technology provides opportunity – such “ opportunity “ may be detrimental to the wellbeing of the population.
    Grants along with Foundation funding of such research is an easy way to bypass ethical scrutiny.
    Inexperience youthful zeal of researcher as their research is dependent on that funding from various sources creates an environment – of enthusiasm for such research projects all the while glossing – over the potential for ill intent.
    The result is scientific endeavor, with the sole purpose of masking – what should not ever happen – the administration of any – vaccine – antidote or genetically altering material without consent.
    Fauci and his research collaborators of the international stage along with patent rights – has set the stage for what may be a very real scenario.How did this all start with men playing as gods?
    Oh yes, with the noble intent of doing research on bats to see if they can develop an antidote for a virus they created by those very same researchers. And the reason for this endeavor was – “ the good of the people.” Sadly these noble minds have inflicted the disease which has a rate of recovery for most and a resulting natural immunity. Now they intend to force with food disguises their “ cure” which alters your genes, and needs boosters, and may very well reduce your ability to fight other virus strains in the future. Is it not marvelous! 50 ways to bypass a citizens -right to consent.

  5. Food IS vaccine. The ingredients and elements and vitamins protect against all types of illnesses. A vaccine would be healthier than many of the ingredients already inserted into the food we eat.

  6. This is part of an article I’ve written on this very topic. I’ve included your article for informational purposes.

    “I missed my chance to become a research scientist in genetics when they brain-damaged my babies with their baby shots in the 1970s. A beloved professor went behind my back in 1976 and set the whole thing up for me. He hustled me into his office with a sly grin and told me his marvelous news. With a huge smile slashing his face, he said,

    “You’re going to medical school!!!”
    [And this man didn’t smile a lot…]

    My heart plummeted as I declined, knowing full well I could never leave my bonkers toddler. He came first and he always would. There was no question as to my answer.

    I thought Professor Blumankrantz was going to have a heart attack or at least faint as I gave him my answer.

    But I have to admit there’s a tickle in my stomach as I look at this research. As a prodigy, I had buried myself in genetic studies in preparation for my chosen career.

    But I always knew [unlike some of these kiddie scientists with their pails and shovels in sandboxes] The Domino effect would and will always have to be acknowledged”

    Some of us are just plain vaccine-injured and don’t want to die.

  7. Actually I do not trust them not to put nanoparticles in our food supply, which will change
    our DNA. Scary stuff…these people are not God, but they act like they think they are. I think this should be against the law…do we STILL LIVE IN AMERICA THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE BRAVE? Or a country that will be a dictatorship, giving us things that will change our DNA…I OBJECT TO THIS AND I BELIEVE MOST AMERICAN WILL ALSO.
    Very disturbing and disgusting to think they are considering this.

  8. ‘The pronouncements of the CDC and vax leaders like Dr. Fauci are in constant conflict with the data on the ground, leading millions to fear that the danger is not only with the COVID virus but also with the vaccines meant to mitigate it’

    Sounds like the author is some kind of an anti-science guy. Makes it harder to take his concerns seriously, as perhaps they should be.

    1. Correct Evidently my comment was removed. I hope you got to view.
      This is HUGE and the American citizens are now the unwilling targets for such – future “ mandates.” All the while borders are open and COVID testing not part of the the entrants –
      gateway into US various cities. Connect the dots.

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